Monday, April 25, 2011

Admiral Dele Abiodun & His Top Hitters International - Ring My Number (1988)

The percolating rhythms of juju music were the sharp point that allowed African music to penetrate the moribund U.S. music market in the early 1980s, leading to the temporarily fashionable "world music" genre. While Sunny Ade was the juju ambassador, plenty of other bands were rocking Lagos. One of the best was Admiral Dele Abiodun's Top Hitters International.

Here we have a nice slice of juju with torrid percussion. This Nigerian pressing is reasonably clean, apart from several minutes of annoying noise starting a few minutes into the second side. It's not enough to detract from the movin' whole. If you like it, and have not been there, you can find a gold mine of Abiodun recordings on the incomparable Global Groove site.

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