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Ofege - It's Not Easy

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Published on Jan 7, 2016

Band:
Melvin Ukachi - Lead vocals
Paul Alade - Bass guitar
Felix Inneh - Rhythm guitar
Berkley Jones - Lead guitar
M-Ike Meme - Drums
Felix Inneh, M-Ike Meme, Paul Alade - Vocals / Background vocals

Always when it comes to Africa, we immediately think of Afrobeat or traditional music, not always based on electrical resources. This is a very common ethnocentric view that minimizes or excludes the great musical accomplishments of this continent. The Afro Rock pioneered in the late 60s (Osibisa, Assagai) subverted this condition leading the western pop into a new tinge of elements, the boys from Ofege were aware of all this when they decided to make a band.

Recorded while the band members were still in high school (average age of 16), Ofege’s debut album "Try And Love" was originally recorded and released in 1973. Due to their vibrant combo of sweet harmonies, hooks & fuzz, they would become one of the most legendary Nigerian groups of all time, with expressive sales and national stardom. However, with only four albums released until 1978 and no recognition outside Nigeria, Ofege's short career would only be rediscovered with the turn of the century. The ingenuity allied with the inexperience of its members makes this album a real treasure.

Nigeria is roughly divided in half between Christians, who mostly live in the south and central parts of the country, and Muslims, concentrated mostly in the north. A minority of the population practice traditional and local religions, including the Igbo and Yoruba religions. It was there that a complex combination of traditional styles (Yoruba, Jazz, Highlife, Funk and Chants) was created: the Afrobeat.

Our friends from Afrobeat, Afrofunk, Afrojazz, Afrorock, African Boogie had already made a dossier about our juvenile stars, but we’ll try to filter all these info. Credited as the The Ofege Phenomenon, they were formed in a 70s school from St. Gregory’s College, Obalende, Lagos. His music was largely influenced by the guitar solos of Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck and the criss-cross rhythms of Osibisa (Ghanaian band formed in London). At home they were influenced by the music of BLO, Monomono and Ofo the Black Company, the greatest rock acts from the period.

The renewed interest and world compilations about psychedelic music brought them to international acknowledgment, releases like Love, Peace and Poetry and Nigeria Rock Special has in its tracks different moments from the band (early psych, late funk/disco) and should be proper enjoyed.

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