Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Apostles “Black is Beautiful” 1974 Nigeria Afro Rock Funk Rock

The Apostles  “Black is Beautiful” 1974 Nigeria Afro Rock Funk Rock
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The Apostles of Aba or simply The Apostles, were funk/soul group from Aba, Nigeria active in the 70s. They endured much success throughout Nigeria, and went on to release a total of five albums. Although most of their songs are song in English, a few of their songs are also sung in Igbo. The Apostles were made up of Walton Arungwa, Chyke Fusion Okoro, Murphy Williams,Joel Madubuike, Benji, Henry Asu Tandu, and Barry Starr. …. ~

The Apostles of Aba or simply The Apostles, were funk/soul group from Aba, Nigeria active in the 70s. They endured much success throughout Nigeria, and went on to release a total of five albums. Although most of their songs are song in English, a few of their songs are also sung in Igbo. The Apostles were made up of Walton Arungwa, Chyke Fusion Okoro, Murphy Williams,Joel Madubuike, Benji, Henry Asu Tandu, and Barry Starr.....~


Aba is one of Nigeria’s largest cities and an epicenter for music during that time. Filling the void left by The Wings, The Apostles became superstars on the strength of several hit singles. Their second LP, Black Is Beautiful, is one of the most enjoyable albums of the era: proud, assured, relaxed and extremely powerful. They proved successful into the 80s and lead singer Chyke Fussion still performs in Aba to this day. Another hugely popular band from Aba was Sweet Breeze. With the charismatic Dallas “King” Anyanwu on lead vocals and the gifted Jake Sollo, the group released several stellar records. Both Across The Desert and Advice are powerful, deeply groovy, clever and lyrically complex.  Sweet Breeze would later morph into Esbee Family, an 80s disco funk band who created the fascinatingly cheeky record Chics and Chicken. Other successful bands of the era include Ofege, who flex a garagy toughness, The Lijadu Sisters, who’s sibling harmonies are unmatched, the jammy and bluesy Blo, and Black Children Sledge Funk Band.


Credits 
Bass Guitar [Fender Bass] – Henry Asu Tandu 
Congas – Chicago Woha* 
Design – Harrigan Ebere C.* 
Drums – Joel Madubuike 
Engineer [Mastering] – Ayoade* 
Engineer [Recording & Mastering] – K. Salami* 
Engineer [Recording] – M. Oki* 
Guitar – Walton Arungwa 
Lead Vocals – Chyke Fussion Okoro 
Liner Notes – Harri Ebere. C.* 
Organ – Benjamin Nnamdi Davidson 
Producer – Pal Akalonu 
Rhythm Guitar – Harrison Mba 
Vocals – Murphy Ekong Williams*


Tracklist
A1 Don't Huzzle For Love
A2 Please Yourself
A3 Don't Be Mischevious
A4 Enyim
B1 Today Is The Tomorrow
B2 I'm Sorry I Made You Cry
B3 Black Is Beautiful
B4 Ndi Nkwa 

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