A while back I did a post devoted to awigiri, the highlife music of the Ijaw (Izon) people of the Niger Delta. I have quite a few LPs of this particular genre, and I've been digitizing them in preparation for a future post, or series of posts. In the process this particular album, Late Chief Ohbobo Special (Success SSLP 027) really caught my attention and I thought it was worth posting in full.
I know absolutely nothing about the Boroism International Dance Band of Nigeria or its leader, Jay Eboge - "Monkey No Fine." I assume the group takes its name from Isaac Adaka Boro, who led a twelve-day armed uprising against the Nigerian and Eastern Nigerian governements in 1966. He was subsequently jailed, then amnestied on the eve of the Biafran war of independence in 1967. He died fighting for the Nigerian Federal Government in 1968 under what are described as "mysterious" circumstances and is a hero to Niger Delta indegenes.
I particularly enjoy the saxophone work on this album by a musician credited only as "Boma." I hope you'll enjoy it also.
Boroism International Dance Band of Nigeria - Late Chief Ohbobo Special
Boroism International Dance Band of Nigeria - Late Commodor Kentebe
Boroism International Dance Band of Nigeria - Izon Otu Meinye Ana
Boroism International Dance Band of Nigeria - Late Cardinal Rex Jim Lawson
Boroism International Dance Band of Nigeria - Asima Popo
Download Late Chief Ohbobo Special as a zipped file here.