Sunday, January 13, 2013
Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe and his Nigerian Sound Makers International—People's Club of Nigeria Special
People's Club of Nigeria Part One
People's Club of Nigeria Part Two
This is some classic shit from a classic personage of Nigerian highlife excellence. Take two of these and call me in the morning.
Also, feel free to download and vibe to this track from the upcoming ATFA release by Dur-Dur Band (coming March 19 in all formats on all continents).:
I am conflicted by the concept of your blog. On the one hand, yes, if it were not for you posting these tapes on the internet, we in the West would not likely ever hear them. On the other hand, the artists of these tapes, their distributors, recording engineers and producers will never get a dime from you doing the distribution for them. In a sense, you are exploiting Africa in a new neocolonial way, aided by the internet.
Thanks for the note. The thing is no recording engineer or producer typically receives royalties one someone licenses a recording, unless they have songwriter credits. The artists themselves don't have an outlet for ther music to be sold abroad. This is no more sketchy than millions of pirated recordings of mainstream western artists' music being sold for profit across the world every day. In this case I am not selling ads or the music itself so I don't see what is neocolonial apart from me happening to be white. If you google well you will find much of these artists' music available for streaming or download alongside adverts on websites based in their counties or run by fellow countrymen. None of this is black and white but I wanted to point out these inconsistencies in what you're saying so that we can have a more nuanced view of what's out there and how music distribution works in the digital age.
Thanks so much for posting this fantastic stuff. No way I would have come across it otherwise. Makes me go to gigs of African musicians and buy their records. Looking forward to your gig in Amsterdam!Post a Comment