Awesome African soul / funk / rock from the 70s. So many bands these days would kill to be able to replicate this sound. This makes me want to pour up an ice cold beverage and have a summer porch party. You’re gonna want this one, get on it.

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The Details

Destruction by the Nkengas originally hit streets in 1973, overflowing with heavy Afro-beat, Afro-rock, and gritty highlife. Few copies were pressed, and today it can take months of searching to find one. The album came about during Osita Osadebe and His Nigeria Sound Makers's UK tour. Financial hardship led members of the Nigeria Sound Makers to break off and form another group while in London, the Nkengas.

The band was soon introduced to Jamaican born Sonny Roberts, well known in London for his Orbitone record store and label. After the recording sessions, the Nkengas returned to Nigeria and became known as the Ikenga Super Stars of Africa, finding much success in West Africa. Despite their later popularity, the heights of funky rawness in this early effort were seldom duplicated.

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