Bala Miller And The Great Music Pirameeds Of Africa – Pyramids

* Another great reggae meets funk meets disco highlight from the Nigerian scene
* For fans of Bob Marley, Eddy Grant, Akwassa, Mixed Grill, Peter Tosh
* Filled to the last groove with catchy and captivating anthems
* First half of the album sung in Nigerian native tongue
* An original affair for fans of groovy black music
* 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 funk with a reggae edge from Nigeria

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Bala Miller was famous for pushing boundaries. His first job was selling beer in the Muslim north. And as a musician he’d always try to sneak in ‘local’ flourishes while playing trumpet with Bobby Benson and Victor Olaiya. It was with his band, the Pirameeds, however, that he was able to realise his dream of incorporating northern tunes into mainstream highlife. Honed razor sharp from a residency at the Costain Club in Kuduna, the band recorded Pyramids, a breathtaking fusion of Hausa rhythms, jazz and funk. With its haunting trumpet line, tribal drums and imploring Hausa chants, ‘Ikon Allah’, the power of God, is Bala Miller vision writ large. ‘Yo Gboko’ is a New York-style street drama, played out on the dusty streets of Northern Nigeria. ‘Opportunity Knocks’ is a playful burst of ska and ‘Stretch Your Nose’ is a raucous James Brown fable about the dangers of lying. Bala Miller went on to become one of Nigeria’s best-loved personalities. The Costain Club became a renowned meeting place for northern musicians. But his greatest legacy remain Pyramids, an opus that introduced Hausa rhythms and stories to the rest of Nigeria. – Peter Moore