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It was in Benin City, in the heart of Nigeria, that a new hybrid of intoxicating highlife music known

as Edo Funk was born. It first emerged in the late 1970s when a group of musicians began to

experiment with different ways of integrating elements from their native Edo culture and

fusing them with new sound effects coming from West Africa´s night-clubs. Unlike the rather

polished 1980´s Nigerian disco productions coming out of the international metropolis of Lagos

Edo Funk was raw and reduced to its bare minimum.

Someone was needed to channel this energy into a distinctive sound and Sir Victor Uwaifo

appeared like a mad professor with his Joromi studio. Uwaifo took the skeletal structure of Edo

music and relentless began fusing them with synthesizers, electric guitars and 80´s effect racks

which resulted in some of the most outstanding Edo recordings ever made. An explosive spiced

up brew with an odd psychedelic note known as Edo Funk.

That’s the sound you’ll be discovering in the first volume of the Edo Funk Explosion series which

focusses on the genre’s greatest originators; Osayomore Joseph, Akaba Man, and Sir Victor Uwaifo:

Osayomore Joseph was one of the first musicians to bring the sound of the flute into the

horn-dominated world of highlife, and his skills as a performer made him a fixture on the Lagos

scene. When he returned to settle in Benin City in the mid-1970s – at the invitation of the royal

family – he devoted himself to the modernisation and electrification of Edo music, using funk and

Afro-beat as the building blocks for songs that weren’t afraid to call out government corruption

or confront the dark legacy of Nigeria’s colonial past.

Akaba Man was the philosopher king of Edo funk. Less overtly political than Osayomore Joseph

and less psychedelic than Victor Uwaifo, he found the perfect medium for his message in the

trance-like grooves of Edo funk. With pulsating rhythms awash in cosmic synth-fields and lyrics

that express a deep personal vision, he found great success at the dawn of the 1980s as one of

Benin City’s most persuasive ambassadors of funky highlife.

Victor Uwaifo was already a star in Nigeria when he built the legendary Joromi studios in his

hometown of Benin City in 1978. Using his unique guitar style as the mediating force between

West-African highlife and the traditional rhythms and melodies of Edo music, he had scored

several hits in the early seventies, but once he had his own sixteen-track facility he was able to

pursue his obsession with the synesthetic possibilities of pure sound, adding squelchy synths,

swirling organs and studio effects to hypnotic basslines and raw grooves. Between his own records

and his production for other musicians, he quickly established himself as the godfather of Edo funk.

What unites these diverse musicians is their ability to strip funk down to its primal essence and use

it as the foundation for their own excursions inward to the heart of Edo culture and outward to the

furthest limits of sonic alchemy. The twelve tracks on Edo Funk Explosion Volume 1 pulse with raw

inspiration, mixing highlife horns, driving rhythms, day-glo keyboards and tripped-out guitars

into a funk experience unlike any other.



  1. Africa Is My Root – Osayomore Joseph And The Creative Seven
  2. Ta Gha Hunsimwen – Akaba Man & The Nigie Rokets
  3. Popular Side – Akaba Man And The African Pride
  4. Iranm Iran – Sir Victor Uwaifo And His Titibitis
  5. Sakpaide No.2 – Sir Victor Uwaifo And His Titibitis
  6. Ta Ghi Rare – Akaba Man & The Nigie Rokets
  7. My Name Is Money – Osayomore Joseph
  8. Ogbov Omwan – Akaba Man & The Nigie Rokets
  9. Aibalegbe – Sir Victor Uwaifo And His Titibitis
  10. Who No Man – Osayomore Joseph And The Ulele Power Sound
  11. Obviemama – Sir Victor Uwaifo And His Titibitis
  12. Ororo No De Fade – Osayomore Joseph And The Ulele Power Sound