"The Hygrades were the creation of Enugu-based guitarist and producer Goddy Oku. They released a string of 45s for HMV/EMI in the early 70s including the tracks Keep On Moving, Somebodys Gonna Lose or Win, Rough Rider & Jumping Cat. Oku was a very talented musician and his bluesy rock-guitar licks got a chance to shine on the instrumental sides of all the 45s.
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 only single 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.
The Funkees were a rock band from the east of Nigeria. All members were veterans of the Biafran War.
They recorded a number of singles in the 1970s for HMV and EMI Nigeria, before moving to London to record their debut album The Point Of No Return.
Ebo Taylor (Cape Coast, Ghana, January 7, 1936) is a highlife guitarist, composer, arranger, bandleader, and producer. Ebo Taylor has been a vital figure on the Ghanaian music scene for over six decades.
Hard funky soul with an Afrobeat backbone from Matata,who arrived on the London scene (via Kenya)in the mid 70s! Matata leaned mightily on the JBs for their groove, and laid out a heavy, rock solid variation on JBs funk with an African percussion base of congas and bongos at the core.
Retro afro-funksters from NYC. Part of the Desco Records crew. Originally a hoax claiming to be a genuine undiscovered afro-beat album, they later morphed into Antibalas and various Daptone Records projects.
The Sweet Talks were more than just a band, they were an institution, a training-ground for Ghanaian highlifers. The name has been imitated, taken in vain, stolen; there have been Sweet Beans and Talkative Sweets, but there was only one Sweet Talks.