February 26, 2020
“Drawing on Ghana highlife as well as traditional Ogene 6/8 bell tempos.”
BBE is reissuing Nkem Njoku & Ozzobia Brothers’ Ozobia Special, on vinyl this May.
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Igbo highlife originated during the late ’50s in Onitsha – a city located along the banks of the Niger river. The genre gained popularity during the early ’60s amidst Nigeria’s civil war. The style incorporates call-and-response Igbo vocals, horns, and the 6/8 tempo of the Ogene bell.
Ozobia Special was Nkem Njoku & Ozzobia Brothers’ sole album – incorporating instrumental elements of Ghanian highlife, alongside John Kante’s soukous guitar playing across its 6-tracks.
The reissue follows BBE’s release of a new Jamie 3:26 house edits compilation, A Taste Of Chicago, this March.
Head here for more info in advance of Ozobia Special’s 1st May release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.
1. Ozobia Special
2. Ofu Obi (Onye Achuna Uwa Nike)
3. Osula Nwa Eje Ubi Eje Oba
1. Ije Eluwa
2. Akwa Obi
3. Egwu Oyoliba