Straight from Nigeria, it’s Raphael Amarabem and his men – better known as the Peacocks Guitar Band. Raphael started out as a member of the group led by Rex Lawson, and founded his own group in the early seventies. “Abiriwa” is their debut album, and immediately established the band as stars in the wider African region. Their music is a pretty open and catchy take on the highlife sound, with lyrics sung in both English, Efik, Ewe and Igbo.
I featured the opening track “Eddie Quansah” on a mix I did back in september 2008; it took me another 40 months to track down a copy of the whole album. It was totally worth the wait…. don’t you think?