Aleke Kanonu – Aleke

* A beautiful Nigerian afro funk affair
* Another milestone of the African pop music in the 70s
* For fans of Fela Kuti, Bobby Womack, Isaac Hayes, Funkadelic, Geraldo Pino
* A legendary crown jewel of the Nigerian funk scene of the late 70s
* Some tunes might serve as a soundtrack to an imaginary 1970s action movie
* Excellent sound and performance by high class professional musicians
* First ever official rerelease on vinyl and CD
* Fully licensed
* Remastered audio
* LP housed in a superheavy 430g art carton cover
* CD housed in a rock solid jewel case
* Ultimate collectors item for fans of 1970s afro beat and funk rock

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After spending much of the ’70s humping his congos around New York as a session musician, Nigerian Aleke Kanonu pulled in some favours to record an album of his own. The result was Aleke, a criminally obscure Afrobeat/Funk/Jazz masterpiece featuring Buddy Williams on drums, George Davis on guitar and a cameo from Wynton Marsalis on flugelhorn. There are only four tracks on the album but they are all killers. N’Gwode sounds like Fela Kuti and Manu Dibangu hanging out with Bobby Womack, probably somewhere across 110th Street. ‘Keep New York Clean’ struts like Shaft after a successful bust. And ‘Mothers Day’ keeps things sweet and soulful, before Wynton Marsalis brings back the groove with his flugelhorn on ‘Home Sweet Home’. Until recently you would have had to take out a second mortgage to get hold of Akele. And sold a kidney for the Happiness/Nwanne, Nwanne, Nwanne 12” Kanonu released a year later. Thankfully PMG has re-issued the LP and the EP, with the CD version containing both. – Peter Moore