Sir Victor Uwaifo was the first Nigerian to win a Golden Record, a tribute which marks out his remarkable musical achievements. Ekassa, first released in the early 1970s, features the maestro's inventive guitar work and own uniquely funky articulations of indigenous dance rhythms. Download a free track off this remarkable album and enjoy the timeless Uwaifo sound lovingly remastered to perfection. His bonus disc perfectly compliments The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Africa.
Click here to download a copy of the track 'Ekassa 34' by Victor Uwaifo, taken from the bonus disc of the new album The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Africa.
The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Africais a far-out psychedelic-sound rock mixed album served with a thick dollop of deep funk and soul which was massively popular during the 1960s and 70s in Africa. The album features some hand-picked psychedelic gems such as the afore-mentioned Victor Uwaifo and Balla Et Ses Balladins, and includes tracks by unstoppable psychedelic veterans Ebo Taylor and Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, who are still releasing top-quality mind-bending grooves today.
The 1960s and 1970s were times of bright optimism and clashing sensibilites across the African continent. As newly independent countries grappled to assert fresh identities, politicized youth movements bristled against authority. It was this rapid urbanisation that challenged the tradition and hierarchies of older generations, and the Europeanised urban elite collided with pioneers of 'back to roots' movements. Music was used as a powerful tool of expression and heavily implemented in such movements. Reflecting the youth movements, the music was cosmopolitan, rebellious and deeply engaging all at the same time.
Here is a video of Sir Victor Uwaifo in action: