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Mary Afi Usuah & The South Eastern State Cultural Band - Ekpenyong Abasi

Mary Afi Usuah & The South Eastern State Cultural Band - Ekpenyong Abasi

Voodoo Funk


A stupendous blend of scintillating highlife, smoking Fela and spaced-out, funkdafied Black Jazz, from 1975 — Mari Affiong Usuah from Oron town, by way of Calabar in southeastern Nigeria, fronting a knockout band led by Daniel ‘Satch’ Asuquo from the Atomic 8 (and formerly of Bobby Benson’s orchestra).

The Afrofunk cuts are especially killer — with James Brown just percolating through by the end — but it’s a stunning, magnificent album, through and through.

Beautifully sleeved, too, with excellent notes by Uchenna from Comb & Razor. ‘Gob, smacked,’ he recalls, of his first listen; 'Mind, blown’.

Tracklist:
A1. Ima Mma Uyem
A2. From Me To You
A3. Afia Mma (Hulalah)
A4. Mma Ama Mbo
B1. Ekpe
B2. Call Me Your Lover
B3. Ekpenyong Abasi
B4. Ebre Mbre

Format: 12-inch Vinyl LP
Label: Voodoo Funk ‎
Catalog: VFLP9 
Released: 22 Jun 2015
Genre: African / Afrobeat / Funk / Gospel / Highlife