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The blog focuses on music, fashion, art, design, politics and culture. It is a celebration of trailblazing souls who rise up without compromise.


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Wax Poetics - AFRICA issue!

Wax Poetics just released its first ever edition dedicated soley to African Music! Serendipitously, it's the first time The Shrine has advertised in the magazine. Yeah, this is a bit of a shameless plug, but we don't care, as Wax Poetics is easily the coolest music magazine going.

In the Tony Allen piece, a mention is made of a song by Chris Ajilo, a Nigerian musician who recorded Highlife in the 40s and 50s. Seems lots of folks took liberties lifting melodies from the older generation of musicians, retro-fit the songs with new lyrics and claimed it as their own, or claimed it was "traditional African music". Sound familiar?

Of course I was curious about the song, so I went looking for it on the internet. I found it on a great blog called World Service. It's on a Highlife compilation called 'Catchy Nigerian Rhythms' from 1956. (There is also a volume 2.) You can download both, awesome stuff! The article says Osibisa lifted the cut, but to me it sounds like Fela's "Water No Get Enemy". You be the judge...


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