Brand New Wayo: Funk, Fast Times and Nigerian Boogie Badness 1979-1983, is a killer compilation of, well, Nigerian funk and boogie badness. The name’s appropriate. The compilation is the fruit of Nigerian music sage and all-round renaissance man, Uchenna Ikonne. Props to the man, he knows his stuff.
Brand New Wayo explores the plentiful output of Nigerian music towards the end of the 1970s and early ’80s that was inspired by America’s post-disco scene. Indeed, such was the influence that I read even the likes of Shalamar and Evelyn King performed in Lagos.
What’s interesting is all the little Nigerian touches that were added to the proven formula of American post-disco hits. So you’ve got calling-like choruses and afro touches layered over killer bass lines, tight percussion and pop synth sounds.
Anyway, too many killer tracks to list, so will provide just one – Amas’ ‘Slow Down’:
This LP is must have. Comb & Razor.