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Edo Funk Explosion Vol​.​1 by Various

It was in Benin City, in the heart of Nigeria, that a new hybrid of
intoxicating highlife music known as Edo Funk was born.
It first emerged in the late 1970s when a group of musicians began
to experiment with different ways of integrating elements from their
native Edo culture and fusing them with new sound effects coming
from West Africa ́s night-clubs. Unlike the rather polished 1980 ́s
Nigerian disco productions coming out of the international
metropolis of Lagos Edo Funk was raw and reduced to its bare

Someone was needed to channel this energy into a distinctive sound
and Sir Victor Uwaifo appeared like a mad professor with his Joromi
studio. Uwaifo took the skeletal structure of Edo music and
relentless began fusing them with synthesizers, electric guitars and
80 ́s effect racks which resulted in some of the most outstanding Edo
recordings ever made. An explosive spiced up brew with an odd
psychedelic note dubbed “Edo Funk”.

That’s the sound you’ll be discovering in the first volume of the
Edo Funk Explosion series which focusses on the genre’s greatest
originators; Osayomore Joseph, Akaba Man, and Sir Victor… more
released March 3, 2021

Graphic Design : Kathrin Remest (Analog Africa)
Mastering : Nick Robbins (Soundmastering)
Lacquers : Frank Merritt (The Carvery)
Interview, Translation and Biography : Bela Patrutzi, Samy Ben Redjeb (Analog Africa) and Diego Hernandez
Text Editing : Jesse Simon and Diego Hernandez

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