Usuah, Mary Afi: Ekpenyong Abasi (Vinyl LP)
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Usuah, Mary Afi: Ekpenyong Abasi (Vinyl LP)

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LP Version. A stupendous blend of scintillating highlife, smoking Fela, and spaced-out, Funkdafied Black Jazz, from 1975, reissued for the first time. Mari Affiong Usuah from Oron, 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, about his first listen; mind, blown. 01. Ima Mma Uyem, 02. from Me to You, 03. Afia Mma (Hulalah), 04. Mma Ama Mbo, 05. Ekpe, 06. Call Me Your Lover, 07. Ekpenyong Abasi, 08. Ebre Mbre