The infamous Yum Kippur war of 1973 which sent global oil prices through the roof left Nigeria with a sudden windfall.
Flush with petrodollars, it’s citizens went on a lavish spending spree. Numerous construction projects got underway, kickbacks ensued, and corruption became rampant, especially among the elite and ruling classes.
Against this backdrop, a new wave of musicians began to emerge who were young, restless and conscious enough to write and sing about the many societal ills that were becoming more apparent around them. One notable group was Joni Haastrup’s Monomono.
Their classic debut recording, “Give The Beggar A Chance”, bravely defied and questioned the one percent who held the bulk of the nation’s purse strings at the expense of its masses. Against a polyrhythmic bedrock of fuzzy guitars and Babá Ken Okulolo’s fluid bass lines, Haastrup pleadingly questioned:
“What do you need from a beggar, who ain’t got no hopes to live tomorrow?”Via Elder’s Corner