Funkees, The: Dancing Time - The Best Of Eastern Nigeria's Afro Rock Exponents 1973-77 (Vinyl LP)

Funkees, The: Dancing Time - The Best Of Eastern Nigeria's Afro Rock Exponents 1973-77 (Vinyl LP)

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In the early 1970s The Funkees were the number-one east Nigerian band and the only outfit to seriously challenge the popular Lagos based rock combos MonoMono and BLO. Stoking the dancefloor was the young band’s first priority and The Funkees were often playing through the night, seven days a week.

Formed at the tail end of the Nigerian civil war by Harry Mosco Agada (then a guitarist in Celestine Ukwu’s Music Royals) the band played for the army’s 12th Brigade in Aba and went through a rapid series of membership changes in search of the perfect line-up of players.

It wasn’t long before promoters in the UK came calling and The Funkees packed up their instruments and moved to London where they quickly established a fierce reputation on the live circuit. Here they recorded two seminal albums before finally breaking up in 1977 amidst some controversy. This collection features for the first time all of their Nigerian 45s alongside the best of their UK album material and is accompanied by a full interview with original member Sonny Akpan, who spent his later years in London until his passing in 2018.
  1. Ole
  2. Akpankoro
  3. Onye Mmanya
  4. Abraka
  5. Point Of No Return
  6. Akula Owu Onyeara
  7. Acid Rock
  8. Ogbu Achara
  9. Slipping Into Darkness
  10. Dancing Time
  11. Baby I Need You
  12. Break Through
  13. Life
  14. Mimbo
  15. 303
  16. Dancing In The Nude



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