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Dec 6/07

Dance me “Igbo”

Matt Yanchyshyn @ 08:20

African System OrchestraFarid from Colombia just sent me an amazing album: African System Orchestra’s 1981 RAS release, Canon Kpa Kum.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but as far as I can tell African System Orchestra is an Igbo Nigerian group who were playing at around the same time as groups like the Imo Brothers International and the Peacocks.

Editor’s note: turns out I was wrong: Ndongo Pecos and presumably the rest of African System Orchestra are apparently Cameroonian, living in Nigeria when this album was recorded.

But these tracks certainly don’t sound like your average 70s Nigerian highlife. I guess by 1981 much of Nigeria was in the throws of Afrobeat and disco, which must have rubbed-off on the Igbo highlife bands too.

Does anyone have any more music like this? I’m refering specifically to late 70s, early 80s Igbo music with a bit of an afrofunk-disco drive to it?

Great party music. Thanks, Farid.

African System Orchestra – Canon Kpa Kum
African System Orchestra – African System No. 1

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11 Responses to “Dance me “Igbo””


  1. Actually, groups like this, Super Negro Bantous, etc. are more Camerounian than Igbo, as was Nico Mbarga’s band for a while. These musicians all came to Nigeria when the oil money was flowing, and were deported when the going got rough in the mid-’80s.

    Of course, there was plenty of cross-fertilization going on at the time. Highlife, soukous, Makossa, benga all got stirred into the mix.

    I don’t have this album. These tracks are great!


  2. Woaw waow waow !!!!

    Music of my childhood in Yaoundé.

    Ndongo pecos was a musicain Cameroonians who had immigrated to nigeria like many others at that time.

    The nigeria was then a stronghold in Africa music production.

    The clothes of musicains from this period (Oriental brothers, Nico Mbarga, Sonny Okosun, etc.) reflected the influence of Américan Afro-funk and Disco.

    Soon, I will send you a song by BILL LOKO which reflects the sound of late 70s, early 80s, with the start of the electronic influences.

    pimp – radio shic


  3. Ahh.. interesting. Thanks for the info/corrections, John and “uncle pimp”.

    I’d love to hear that Bill Loko track.. care for a guest post?


  4. Matt .. Next sends you a good material Nigeria with Cameroonian roots

    Thanks for you post!!!

    Farid Martinez Acosta
    Barranquilla Colombia


  5. Thanks Farid & Matt,

    Also I like this music. is Fantasctic
    We in Barranquilla and Cartagena, we like this style of music nigeria.
    Prince Nico Mbarga, African System, Super Negro Bantous, Wazza Collection… etc.

    John,
    Not knew that I had a certain mexcla of cameroon,
    This is the rhythm of Nigeria that has more acceptance in Colombia.

    Regards,
    Fabian–


  6. calabar eastern nigeria and english camerun side of bakassy is the same cultural region …….ibibio efik and calabar people and some other peoples have created one of grooviest kind of highlife ever…..and is colombia one of the places where e celebrate this kinda highlife the most ….wonderful recordings check also Muddy Ibe , and Super 5 ………………..

    dj champeta-man


  7. Fabian

    Tengo canciones ineditas de Prince Nico Mbargas que aun no han llegado a Colombia, pero el estilo es Camerun y suena Highlife

    I have songs inéditas Prince Nico Mbargas that have not yet come to Colombia, but the style is Cameroon and sounds Highlife

    Farid Martinez Acosta
    Barranquilla Colombia


  8. Fabian

    Tengo canciones ineditas de Prince Nico Mbargas que aun no han llegado a Colombia, pero el estilo es Camerun y suena Highlife

    I have songs inéditas Prince Nico Mbargas that have not yet come to Colombia, but the style is Cameroon and sounds Highlife

    Farid Martinez Acosta
    Barranquilla Colombia


  9. Farid,
    Que Bien, esta musica es muy Buena,
    Saludos
    Fabian–


  10. i have this record too. so good. i would def recommend checking out some of that era’s oriental bros albums, similar(ish) vibe.

    thanks, as always, for the great posts these last couple weeks, matt.


  11. I don’t know much about Ndongo Pecos and the ‘African System Orchestra’, but the surname (Ndongo) is definitely Cameroonian. There was a rich colony of Cameroonian musicians in Eastern Nigeria in the late seventies/early eighties. Nico Mbarga was the most prominent – his mum was Nigerian, I guess. (Mbarga) is a very popular surname in the Yaounde area in Cameroon. Another interesting thing about this album is the title: ‘Canon Kpa Kum’. The ‘Canon Sportif de Yaoundé’ was the best thing that happened to African soccer in the 70s/80s. The club is popularly called Canon ‘Kpa kum’ for ballistic power and…the sound of canon. Check them out here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_Yaound%C3%A9


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