Joni Haastrup and Tee Mac feature on Nigeria Soul Fever!, out now.
The collection compiles '70s boogie, soul and funk from the West African country. Though some artists on the collection, like Tee Mac, Christy Essien and Orlando Julius collaborator Joni Haastrup, are known in Afrobeat circles, many of the acts on Nigeria Soul Fever! are nearly unheard of outside of the country. That's in large part due to the Nigerian trade restriction of the era, which meant records by the likes of Benis Cletin, Arakatula and Jimmy Sherry & The Musik Agents took influence from the American styles of the time but existed in a vacuum. The set follows another Nigerian comp Soul Jazz released earlier this year. That one—Nigeria Freedom Sounds!—focused on music from the early '60s.
01. Joni Haastrup - Free My People
02. Christy Essien - You Can't Change A Man
03. Akin Richards & The Executives - Afrikana Disco
04. Tee Mac - Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
05. Joni Haastrup - Greetings
06. Don Bruce And The Angels - Ocheche (Happy Song)
07. Benis Cletin - Get Up And Dance
08. Colomach - Enoviyin
09. Joni Haastrup - Do The Funkro
10. Tee Mac Featuring Marjorie Barnes - Living Everyday
11. Arakatula - Mr Been To
12. Angela Starr - Disco Dancing
13. Joni Haastrup - Wake Up Your Mind
14. Jimmy Sherry & The Musik Agents - Nwaeze
15. Benis Cletin - Soul Fever
16. Arakatula - Wake Up Africa
Nigeria Soul Fever! is out on Soul Jazz Records now.