October 31, 2010

Tirogo | Float

ARTIST:  Tirogo
TITLE:  Float

REVIEW:  The ongoing project to locate every piece of vinyl ever released in Africa has turned up this psychedelic-rock gem from 1977 Nigeria.  Like a lot of African rock bands, Tirogo is clearly influenced by the multi-cultural musical adventures of Jimi Hendrix and Santana (two pretty positive influences, I’d say).  The lead guitar player, Elvy (Action) Akhionbare, is really superb and gets an amazingly Hendrix-like sound out of his gear.  The songs provide plenty of room for guitar and organ solos; songwriter and singer Wilfred Ekanem’s lyrics are moralistic and downright Christian in a few places, but at its essence this is party music.  Probably the first time I’ve ever heard the phrases “boogie shoes” and “go my friends with Jesus” in the same song is on track 4 here.
REVIEWER:  Bill Lupoletti
RECOMMENDED TRACKS:    1    4    5

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