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Various – APALA: Apala Groups In Nigeria 1967-70 (2xLP)

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Description

Soul Jazz Records new ‘Apala: Apala Groups in Nigeria 1967-70’ is the first ever collection of Apala music to be released outside of Nigeria.


The album focusses on a wide selection of recordings made in Nigeria in the 1960s, a time when Apala music was at the height of its popularity. Apala is a deeply rhythmical, hypnotic and powerful musical style that combines the striking nasal-style vocals and traditions of Islamic music, the Agidigbo (thumb piano), and the equally powerful drumming and percussion rhythms and techniques of the Yoruba of Nigeria.


The most significant figure in Apala music is undoubtedly Haruna Ishola who features throughout this album. Ishola holds an almost mythological status in his role as populariser of Apala music in Nigeria. Ishola’s singing was believed to be so powerful that, without proper restraint, it could kill the recipient of his music.


Apala is a popular music that also functioned as a form of cultural resistance – Apala music involved no western instrumentation and is sung in the Yoruba language, its aesthetic an implicit cultural rejection of the British Empire’s colonial rule over Nigeria which lasted from 1901 until independence in 1960.


Apala music was popular and widely accepted in Nigeria due to its philosophical and profound lyrical content alongside the complex rhythmic patterns of this heavily percussive style, which highlighted many of the percussion instruments of south-west Nigeria.


Apala is one of a number of popular urban styles of music that came out of Nigeria in the 20th century and sits alongside the more well-known (in the West) styles of Fuji, Highlife, Juju and Afrobeat. Of these modern forms Apala remains perhaps the most ‘roots’ style (sometimes described as ‘neo-traditional’) due to the authenticity of its sound. It has similar Islamic roots to other neo-traditional styles of Nigeria – including Waka and Sakara – examples of which are also included on this collection contextualising the music of Apala.

Release details

Artist: Various
Label: Soul Jazz Records
Format: LP
Units: 2
Country: Europe
Style: African

Tracklist

A1 Ewure Ile Komoyi Ode
A2 Aboyin Ile
A3 Adura Fun Osiwowo
A4 Orin To Mo Gbon Wa
A5 Agilinti Lomu
B1 Abd Alawiye
B2 Asa Ko Gbodo Wole Gbeiyele
B3 Egbe Arowolo
B4 Rufai Baolgun
B5 Kiniun Kuro Leran Amu Sere
C1 S Aka
C2 Lekele Bale
C3 Odale Ore
C4 Oko Lolomo
D1 Oriki Ibeji
D2 Omo Olobi
D3 Orin Aje
D4 Sunday Babayemi