Today’s offering is a double-dose of goodness courtesy of the Imo Sate if Nigeria.
Certain Nigerian groups in the 70s & 80s really managed to play highlife music in such a way that rivaled any of their Ghanaian contemporaries. Dr. Sir Warrior and his famed Oriental Brothers Band were definitely one of them (along with all their various offshoots) as well as the slightly lesser known Imo Brothers International Band of Owerri.
Both bands, with the help of the Afrodisia label, released a series of extended highlife compositions that really define the Nigerian embodiment of highlife music while simultaneously approaching it from distinct perspectives. For example, check out how the Oriental Brothers bring in congolese-influenced guitar-picking on “Ihe Eme Uwa Adimma” or the funky undertone of “Onye Oriri” by the Imo Brothers.
Simply put, I’m a big fan of these two albums and felt it was only right to share them side by side so enjoy!