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Music of 1970s Lagos

By John Stevenson It was the era of national reconstruction (after a particularly bitter civil war), Udoji awards, military coups, OPEC-fuelled prosperity, FESTAC, and a naira that reigned supreme. Indeed, the decade of the 1970s represents not only a period when oil money flowed as liberally as palm wine and …

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Jazz from Barbados

By John Stevenson The last few years have been particularly kind to veteran Trini-Bajan jazz pianist, Edwin Ebenezer Gilkes, popularly known as “Ebe”. In 2010, after playing professionally for more than half a century he released his much-welcomed very first CD. Earlier this year, he was formally presented with one …

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Muntu Valdo: The One & The Many

Interview by John Stevenson The word maverick is bandied about quite liberally when describing the talents of the young London-based, Cameroon-born singer-guitarist-composer, Muntu Valdo. This spring, he released “The One & The Many” on the Warner Jazz label to critical acclaim – a truly inventive CD that combines his ethnic …

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