Jul 31, 2013

Ofo - Live In Europe - Fonk Afrika

 

Ofo The Black Company was formed in 1972 by Larry Ifediorama in Lagos, Nigeria.

That same year, he took his band to London, England to record their first for London Records. The single with “Allah Wakbarr” on the A side and “Beautiful Daddy” on the B side is highly collectable, usually fetching $100 or more per copy. Allah Wakbar has also been featured on the now defunct Afro Strut label’s Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story of 1970′s Funky Lagos compilation and recently on Luaka Bop’s World Psychedelic Classics 3: Love’s A Real Thing • The Funky Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa.

But in 1973, Ofo The Black Company was asked by the East German government to play the “World festivals of the youth and student Berlin capital of the GDR” International Folklore festival in East Berlin along with Miriam Makeba as well as other musicians from Argentina, Bulgaria, Chile and Vietnam.

As far as I know, they recorded two singles for London Records, the one mentioned above which was credited to “Ofo The Black Company” and another credited to “Ofo”. They released an album on the Afrodesia label – a subsidiary of Decca – in 1974, which has the song Eniaro that was featured on Soundway Record‘s Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic Afro-Rock & Fuzz Funk in 1970s Nigeria. There is also a live record by “Ofo The Rock Company” that was recorded somewhere in Europe

Larry Ifediorama died in 2005 in Lagos, Nigeria.





Tracklist

A1 We Are Back
A2 Don't Talk About Love Just Do It
A3 Adufu
A4 My Baby
B1 Ayaya
B2 Eni-Aro
B3 Africa My Darling (Home Is Everywhere)
B4 Okija
B5 Play With Me

2 comments:

  1. Any chance for link.
    For a long time waiting for a chance to listen to this album.

    Thanks

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    1. Unfortunately also do not own the album ... ig u get it somehow pls keep me informed ...

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