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August 30, 2011

celestine ukwu and his philosophers’ national – ejim nk’onye (philips nigeria lp, 1975) album

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.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. richard permalink
    August 31, 2011 3:52 pm

    Dank U wel, Celestine Ukwu behoort tot mijn huizenhoge favorieten. Buitengewoon mooie muziek. Binnen het genre zijn nog wat meer grootheden mij bekend, Ali Chukwuma, Goddy (khaky) Ezike onder andere. Ook Chief Stephen Osadebe heeft vergelijkbare muziek.
    Ik volg uw blog trouw en ook al luister ik nog niet de helft, de veelzijdigheid boeit me enorm.
    Nogmaals dank u wel, en ik zie uit naar al wat volgen mag.

    groetjes Richard

  2. September 14, 2011 10:27 am

    this album is positively stunning. amazingly hypnotic + vibraphonic highlife from heaven. thx + praise 🙂

  3. September 14, 2011 8:00 pm

    sending a big, big, big thank you from the coldest part of scandinavia.
    Music like this is needed here, there and everywhere. Peace.

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