During the 80s, an intoxicating subgenre of highlife was born in Benin City, the heart of Edo State (south-western Nigeria), with Sir Victor Uwaifo, adding synthesizers and electric guitars to contribute to this new genre of psychedelic infused Funk.
Fatai Rolling Dollar – Tribute Mix (Dj Vince Gbenga)
0.00 – Omolore Aiye
3.28 – Allah Na Tu Ba
7.41 – Easy Motion Tourist
11.10 – She Go Run Away
15.56 – I Am Not A Banker
19.47 – Won Kere Si Number Wa
24.19 – Morocco Special
29.01 – Feso Jaiye
34.12 – Omo Oloye
38.12 – Aduke
44.13 – Eko Akete
47.00 – Saworo
50.20 – To Ba Fe Mo Dollar
55.18 – Na Me Own You Dey See
59.00 – Sisi Jaiye Jaiye
There’s a long story behing this song: who created it, who made it famous…
What’s for sure is King Sunny Ade is not the original composer, but it featured on his Grammy-nominated 1998 album titled Odu.
The song “Easy Motion Tourist” belongs to a sub-genre of Highlife called Palmwine Highlife – a freestyle territory where lyrics are often unrelated and disjointed.
For more info, read this thread on Twitter.
Earnest Olatunde Thomas, known as Tunde Nightingale or The Western Nightingale, was a Nigerian singer and guitarist, best known for his unique jùjú music style, following in the tradition of Tunde King… As well as legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Ransome Kuti’s first recordings of highlife and calypso, recorded in London in 1959…
Cool Cats Invasion
This is a classic collection (102 tracks) of Highlife, Palm-wine music & Juju from Nigeria & Ghana, from the 50’s & 60’s….