Back in march I first wrote about the Nigerian high-life musician Celestine Ukwu. I had just received his 1974 album “Ilo Abu Chi” from a friend in France and was very, very impressed. What beauty! What a mix of melancholy and life-affirming moods! I still feel the same way, but have since acquired a copy of Ukwu’s “Ejim Nk’Onye” lp from 1975, and that’s even better. The four tracks on the album are long and meandering affairs that sound soothing, feisty, seductive and melancholy… often at the same time. I know of nothing quite like it.