Tunji Oyelana: A Nigerian Retrospective 1966 – 79

Soundway records, as we all know by now, have an impeccable back catalogue of re-releases. The list is too long, and too strong to trawl through right now, and it is about to have another added to it – this time in the form of a retrospective focusing on the work of ‘Tunji Oyelana’.

Backed by ‘The Benders’, Tunji and his band were apparently famed for their ability to ”traverse and blend a variety of styles… including the fashionable sounds of highlife, afrobeat, afrorock, funk, calypso, juju and reggae…”. You would imagine that this penchant for attacking a multitude of styles would be done over the course of a few tracks, or maybe even the course of several releases, however the track that Soundway have made available in anticipation of the release suggests otherwise.

‘Lisabi Egba’ comes across initially as having its roots planted in the world of Nigerian psych-rock, however there is much more to it than that. As mentioned in the stolen quote above, there are elements of calypso, reggae, and other influences in just this one track alone.

You can check the aforementioned preview below, and pre-order the full LP over at the Soundway online store via the link here.


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