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Monday, 16 April 2018

Masisi Mass Funk "I Want You Girl" 1979 Nigeria Afro Funk,Afro Beat

 Masisi Mass Funk  "I Want You Girl" 1979 Nigeria Afro  Funk,Afro Beat
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A reissue of the sole album (1979) by this groovy Afro-beat, funk and gospel outfit, featuring Ebere Ikoro from the Hygrades. Exciting stuff!…
In mid-seventies, Nigerian bands came and went with alarming regularity, rising meteorically from the slums to stardom and falling back again just as quickly. Masisi Mass Funk from Anamara State was one such band. But during their brief moment in the stratosphere, they produced a funk gem in I Want You Girl. 
The band was championed by Ebere Ikoro from the Hygrades. He took them under his wing after an ill-advised collaboration with Soly Dibong. They were originators not imitators, he said. He produced I Want You Girl and played on it as well. 
It’s easy to see what appealed to Ebere Ikoro. The title track has a Manfred Mann sixties vibe. ‘Care To Love Me’ is a wonky, off-kilter reggae calypso number. And ‘Ungrateful People’ bounces along with a Sly And The Family Stone chirpiness. 
However, it’s the gospel numbers that really stand out. ‘Heavenly Father’ rocks out with strident keyboards and plaintive vocals. And the relentless ‘He Is To Be Praised’ is an afro-funk-rock-gospel monster, guaranteed to raise your eyes to heaven while keeping your feet firmly planted on the dance floor. 
Sadly, Masisi Mass Funk only released one album, their star burning as quickly as it did brightly. They went on to form First Planet, an Afro Boogie band that tore up Lagos dancefloors in the ‘80s. But that’s another story for another day. …Peter Moore…~

One hit wonder Nigerian funk bomb from Masisi Mass Funk! The band was championed by Ebere Ikoro from the Hygrades. He took them under his wing after an ill-advised collaboration with Soly Dibong. It’s easy to see what appealed to Ebere Ikoro. The title track has a Manfred Mann sixties vibe. ‘Care To Love Me’ is a wonky, off-kilter reggae calypso number. And ‘Ungrateful People’ bounces along with a Sly And The Family Stone chirpiness. However, it’s the gospel numbers that really stand out. ‘Heavenly Father’ rocks out with strident keyboards and plaintive vocals. And the relentless ‘He Is To Be Praised’ is an afro-funk-rock-gospel monster, guaranteed to raise your eyes to heaven while keeping your feet firmly planted on the dance floor….~

I have watched with Utter Dismay the sudden collapse of many young Country Groups who by sheer luck or good Music rose from Grass to Grace. I remember also such groups who’ve not been able to walk from slums to stardom either for lack of vibes or wrong collection and ill-luck. Whatever their cases, I symphathise with ‘em all. 
Having scrutinized the internal structure of this Band and their fate I have on invitation agreed to write about about 'em. And now let’s talk 'bout the Guys. 
Indeed it’s my pleasure to present to you in this manner a creative bunch - “MASISI”. 
In a vast continent like Africa where ev'rybody wants to be a competitor than originator to MASISI the latter is the case. Writing 'bout MASISI is talking about originality. Having suffered a minor failure a while back, these desperate lads have re-emerged with rather a Supreme maturity in professional Music and this Album goes to prove both right. In all they constitute one of the newest but hardest and strongest Funk Acts to invade the nation’s contemporary scene in a long time. Put together in one spirit, their emphasis lays upon their creativity, and the professional touch in this debut is purely their efforts and making. 
MASISI couldn’t have attained such heights without the much desired innovation and dedication which they injected into themselves despite odds. Thanks to the entire source that have contributed to up-hold the MASISI towards capturing the various dimension of their ability. 
So have a play-down brother….~

Credits 
Bass Guitar [Fender], Vocals – Christadel “Eddie” Korsah* 
Composed By, Arranged By, Performer – Masisi Mass Funk 
Congas, Percussion – Kekereh Small* 
Drums, Vocals, Percussion – George “Hardest” Atomba* 
Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals – Sunny “Little” Okpara* 
Lead Vocals, Keyboards – Mike “Bille” Byvon* 
Rhythm Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar [Wah-Wah] – Fassi “Eddie” Michel* 
Synthesizer [Moog] – Willie Christadel Rowood

Tracklist 
A1 I Want You Girl
A2 Care To Love Me
A3 Re-Union
A4 Heavenly Father
B1 To Win Or Lose
B2 He Is To Be Praised
B3 Ungrateful People
B4 Funky Music 

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