Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Sweet 'n' Sour Sounds

We return once again to the Niger River Delta, and some more Ijaw-language highlife music in the style known as awijiri. The rather melancholy vocals and understated guitar work of this music have grown on me over the years - I can't get enough of it! I can tell you nothing about the Ebiogbo International Band other than they were from the small town of Agoloma on the Forcados River in Delta State.

Here is the one album by the Ebiogbo International Band that I'm aware of, Akpoesololo (Sann Records SR 3, 1984). Enjoy!

Ebiogbo International Band of Agoloma - Bayoukumo

Ebiogbo International Band of Agoloma - Akpoesololo

Download Akpoesololo as a zipped file here.


Anonymous said...

Hi John,

Lots of really interesting posts & if I had more time I'd get to listen to them all:-)

As I remember you were in contact with Endo...he of the amazing discographies, wondered if you know why his website has been uncontactable for some time now?



Glinka said...

A real charmer, this. What's nice to hear is just how clean and forward the sound is. So much otherwise excellent Highlife of the past sounds thin, with little presence, and a constant bed of scratchiness. This Ebigbo International release is just about pristine. Thanks!