Joni Haastrup Reissues Three Afro Funk Albums


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On September 27th, the legendary Joni Haastrup reissued three albums, including two from his MonoMono group. The three releases (Give The Begger A Chance [1971], The Dawn of Awareness [1974], and Wake Up Your Mind [1978]) roar sweltering Afro rock and funk from the Nigerian multi-instrumentalist.

The reissues are available on CD, download, and replica gatefold LP.

Get a taste below on the stream for MonoMono’s “The World Might Fall Over.” And in the above video, you’ll find Joni jamming out with Ginger Baker and other Nigerian Afro rock artists, including the Lijadu Sisters who will also be doing a reissue soon.

The World Might Fall Over – MonoMono by Soundway

Purchase Give The Beggar A Chance [MonoMono] on Amazon

Purchase Dawn of Awareness [MonoMono] on Amazon

Purchase Wake Up Your Mind [Joni Haastrup] on Amazon


Chiddy Bang: “Sooner or Later” Video

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We’ve had an eye out for Chiddy Bang since we heard a bit of their upcoming album, The Opposite of Adults, and their fun video of the title track. This video “Sooner or Later” has a much heavier tone, shot entirely from the first person view of Chiddy, live in Nigeria. The message of this video calls for the Nigerian government to take responsibility for the poverty levels and the accompanying problems in the country … sooner or later.

Check out Chiddy Bang’s recent interview with The Couch Sessions here.

Who Is Nneka?

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If you haven’t heard of Nneka yet, now it’s time to watch this rising star. Check out the new interview footage above, and grab a free download of her hit single, “The Uncomfortable Truth,” here.nneka_concrete_cover

Watch video from our SVEDKA Vodka Session with Nneka at Skybar at Mondrian, LA.

Her new full-length, Concrete Jungle, will be available on February 2nd. Pre-order yours from Amazon here.

Femi Kuti’s Club Shut Down By Nigerian Officials


Fela Kuti’s son’s music venue, the new Africa Shrine, was closed by Nigerian authorities last Tuesday morning. According to Fela Kuti’s oldest child and co-manger of the club, Yeni Kuti, the family was given a notice on Monday evening, stating that they had 48 hours to “to abate the nuisance and restore the land to a conducive environment.” The letter from Lagos authorities held the club responsible for “noise nuisance, illegal street trading, indiscriminate parking, blocking of access roads and obstruction of traffic.” By the following morning, the establishment had been permanently closed by the government. Yeni told AFP, “I’m shocked, indignant.”

Fela Anikulapo Kuti‘s original Shrine built in the seventies suffered the very same fate when it was forcibly closed by the Nigerian authorities shortly after his death in 1997.

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force are on tour in America and are collecting signatures at every stop.

Femi Kuti’s MySpace