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27 Apr 2017

OFO The Rock Company “Live In Europe- Fonk Afrika” 1978 Nigeria Afro Rock,Afro Beat,Afro Funk








OFO The Rock Company “Live In Europe- Fonk Afrika” 1978 Nigeria Afro Rock,Afro Beat,Afro Funk 
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A reissue of this 1978 live album by one of Nigeria's leading Afro-funk/psych/rock units, lead by the charismatic Larry Ifedioranma..........


OFO The Rock Company (originally known as OFO The Back Company) were Nigeria’s first acid-rock band. Blending Hendrix and Deep Purple with shamanism and a pro-black philosophy, they cut their teeth at Fela Kuti’s Afrika Shrine, developing a fearsome live reputation that intimidated every other band in Lagos. No one wanted to follow the guys from OFO, not even Fela himself.

Lead by the charismatic Larry Ifedioranma, OFO The Rock Company considered themselves a musical cult. Their live shows were a heady mix of mind-melting musicianship, mysticism and theatre. In 1973 the band tour Europe and Fonkafrika gathers together the best of those performance.

The moments captured range from small intimate gigs in London, where you can hear the conversation amongst the crowd, to an astonishing gig in East Germany where they played before 900,000 people. The undoubted highlight is the extended prog-rock wig out of ‘Ayaya,’ recorded at the Berlin gig, before an obviously delighted crowd. See if you can pick out the moment where the band were joined on stage by a long-haired hippy who insisted on playing guitar. They didn’t realize it at the time but it was Carlos Santana.

It was in Europe that the band fell apart, riven in two by Ifedioranma’s increasingly autocratic rule. Fonkafrica remains as a precious testament to what the band did best – playing loud and proud and putting on a show you would never forget.

- Peter Moore.................

Ofo The Black Company was formed in 1972 by Larry Ifediorama in Lagos, Nigeria.

That same year, he took his band to London, England to record their first for London Records. The single with “Allah Wakbarr” on the A side and “Beautiful Daddy” on the B side is highly collectable, usually fetching $100 or more per copy. Allah Wakbar has also been featured on the now defunct Afro Strut label’s Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story of 1970′s Funky Lagos compilation and recently on Luaka Bop’s World Psychedelic Classics 3: Love’s A Real Thing • The Funky Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa.

But in 1973, Ofo The Black Company was asked by the East German government to play the “World festivals of the youth and student Berlin capital of the GDR” International Folklore festival in East Berlin along with Miriam Makeba as well as other musicians from Argentina, Bulgaria, Chile and Vietnam.

As far as I know, they recorded two singles for London Records, the one mentioned above which was credited to “Ofo The Black Company” and another credited to “Ofo”. They released an album on the Afrodesia label – a subsidiary of Decca – in 1974, which has the song Eniaro that was featured on Soundway Record‘s Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic Afro-Rock & Fuzz Funk in 1970s Nigeria. There is also a live record by “Ofo The Rock Company” that was recorded somewhere in Europe.

Larry Ifediorama died in 2005 in Lagos, Nigeria.........................

Credits
Acoustic Guitar, Arranged By, Bass Guitar, Composed By, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Percussion, Vocals, Written-By – L. Ifedioranma*
Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Vocals – Degaiga*, Joni*
Art Direction – Peregrino Communications International, Lagos
Bass Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals – G. Martin*
Chorus – Gladys Aguzu, Patience Ifediora, Peggy Utulu, Vic (24)
Design – Musiliu P. Brimah
Drums, Percussion, Vocals – Josh (105), Ringo*
Engineer – J.C. Mikeson, Joni Malife*, L.A.K. Adeniran*, Ron Christian (2)
Illustration – Tony Esemokhai
Keyboards, Vocals – P.T. Eric
Lead Guitar, Vocals – Friedrich Ramm*
Liner Notes – B. Ferguson
Mixed By – Mike Torn
Percussion, Vocals – Eko Mike

Tracklist
A1 We Are Back
A2 Don't Talk About Love, Just Do It
A3 Adufu
B1 Ayaya
B2 Eni - Aro
B3 Africa My Darling (Home Is Everywhere)
B4 Okija

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