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Doing It In Lagos

Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980’s Nigeria

A compilation of twenty rare and mostly unavailable tracks from the slick and sassy world of Nigerian pop music and club culture of the early 1980s. Buoyed by an explosive oil boom and a return to democracy after a series of military dictatorships, Nigeria’s economy in the years of the early ‘80’s was mirrored by its recording industry as countless young artists and groups hit the airwaves and dancefloors of the capital and beyond. It was a glossy, brash new form of pop music born out of ashes of late 1970s disco and funk and, just as in America, was the soundtrack to a new generation for whom money, style and flirtation trumped the overblown psychedelia of the previous decade. Eager to sound as American as possible with no hint of the fervour for afro-beat, afro-rock and afrocentric thinking that the 1970s had thrown up, a new generation of young artists and performers turned their backs on their cultural roots in music and sought a new kind of stardom and fame firmly connected to the glossy, snazzy world of the 1980s that was erupting in the USA and Europe. The 1970s flares and cuban heels began to disappear, in their place came sleek suits, rolled-up sleeves, bow-ties, jumpsuits, leather jackets, greased hair and a firm nod in the stylistic direction of Michael Jackson.

Hotline – Doing It In Lagos – 1986
Peter Abdul – Don’t You Know – 1984
Steve Monite – Only You – 1984
Oby Onyioha – Enjoy Your Life – 1981
Kio Amachree – Ivory – 1981
Livy Ekemezie – Holiday Action – 1983
Willy Roy – Don’t Give It Up – 1981
Danny Offia And The Friks – Funk With Me – 1981
Rick Asikpo And Afro Fusion – Too Hot – 1980
Terry Mackson – Distant Lover – 1984
Ofege – Burning Jungle – 1978
Sound Pdt Odion Iruoje – Identify With Your Root (Which One You De) – 1983
Mike Umoh – Shake You Body – 1981
Burnis Moleme – Where Is The Answer -1983
Sony Enang – Don’t Stop That Music – 1980
Veno – Groove I Like – 1985
Godfrey Odili – Let’s Do More Music – 1981
Toby Foyeh – Ore Mi – 1980
Gboyega Adelaja – Colourful Environment – 1979
Rap Master Lexy Mella – On The Air Rap – 1985
Nkono Teles – Be My Lady (Instrumental Mix) – 1980

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