Psychedelic Nigeria

The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria (Soundway Records, 2009)

An electric music revolution took place in 1970s Nigeria. The sounds of rock, psychedelia and funk inspired numerous musicians who formed bands deeply influenced by their idols. Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and James Brown were some of the major reference points.

The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria focuses on the electric guitar driven bands that were formed in Nigeria during the early 1970s. The double CD includes 32 cuts which feature dazzling processed electric guitars and organs, as well as powerful rhythm sections. The LP version includes bonus tracks.

Some of the best known artists include Bongos Ikwue, Wrinkar Experience and Sonny Okosuns & Paperback Limited.

The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria is a fascinating snapshot of the superb psychedelic music made in Nigeria in 1970s.


Ify Jerry Krusade – Nwantinti / Die Die
The Hygrades – Rough Rider
The Hykkers – Deiyo Deiyo (Akpuwunlobi)
Wrinkar Experience – Soundway
The Funkees – Breakthrough
The Mebusas – Mr. Bull Dog (45 version)
Foundars 15 – Don’t Take Me For A Ride
Ceejebs – Eti Ufok
Tony Grey Super 7 – Yem Efe
The Identicals – Akwa Kayi Ji Bia Nuwa
P.R.O. – Blacky Joe
Cicada – Oli Nkwu
The Lijadu Sisters – Life’s Gone Down Low
Eppi Fanio – Ikoko Ti Yio Jata (On Perseverance)
Bongos Ikwue – All Night Long


The Thermometers – Babalawo
Colomach – Ottoto Shamoleda
The Black Mirrors – The World Ends
The Semi Colon – Isi Agboncha
Lawrence Amavi Group – Money That’s What I Want
The Hygrades – Somebody’s Gonna Lose Or Win
Ofege – In Concert
The Elcados – Chokoi & Oreje
Sonny Okosuns & Paperback Limited – Ohomi
Chuck Barrister & The Voices Of Darkness – Be Kind, Be Foolish, Be Happy Tony Grey & The Black 7 – Ugbo Ndoma
Reme Izabebo’s Music Research – (Ayamayama) The Same Man
Action 13 – Active Action
The Actions – Kpokposikposi
The Strangers – Onye Ije
The Comrades – Bullwalk
Ofo The Black Company – Egwu Aja

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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