10/06/2008

I.K. Dairo MBE & His Blue Spots - Definitive Dairo (1996)

«I.K. Dairo is often called The Father of Juju Music. In the 1950s and 1960's Juju was considered music of the 'poorer' people because it wasn't modern enough for the elite of the class-conscious Nigeria. After independence, I.K. Dairo was the chief reason Juju took off. In 1957 I.K. Dairo founded his band, the Morning Star Orchestra, later to become the Blue Spots. He incorporated rhythms from all over the country, and even introduced the accordian and slide guitar. Dairo's lyrical skills gave him a string of hit records. In 1963 Dairo received an MBE [Member of the Order of British Empire] for his achievements, the only African musician to ever hold such a title.» (African Music Encyclopedia)

« So influential and beloved was juju godfather I. K. Dairo in his home country of Nigeria, that in observance of the four-day wake following his February 1996 death, the government-run Nigerian broadcasting network played only songs by Dairo, and professional musicians agreed not to perform in public. This disc partly explains the reasons why in an unusual collection of shorter Dairo pieces clocking in at under 8:00, which is a mere eye-blink by juju standards. The radio-friendly lengths reveal lots of hooks, strong melodies, and catchy vocal parts along with arrangements that pack the maximum amount of variations into a limited space. It's A+ juju from start to finish from one of the greatest innovators in African music.» (AMG)

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

hi radu from Les Saintes F.W.I.
thank's for ur very very good job...long time i follow u.

but this time the links are dead...
can u do something?
elekiné

Anonymous said...

and the Taps Box also is no working anymore.
elekiné

Radu said...

Hi, anonymous

now, as you can see, the links are working - sometimes it takes time to reupload the file on fileservers. So, please be patient:)

As for the Tapas Box, "the account is currently out of bandwidth. Bandwidth normally resets at the first of the month, but sometimes takes longer. If you find its being used up quickly, it might be due to the size of the files being shared as well as the number of users downloading it." (The Box.net team). I'll try to reduce the amount of files in the Tapas Box, but I can't complain about having too many visitors...

Radu said...

NEW LINK:

http://sharebee.com/90b2e3ef

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this! Beautiful music. Your dedication and sharing spirit is appreciated.

Nimshi V.

ricinoz said...

A great blog - so much new music to me. Thanks for all your work, I'm so glad I found this today - it has made my weekend.

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