The World Ends Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970′s Nigeria


The World Ends is the latest title from Soundway Records showcasing a wave of guitar driven and psychedelic groups that sprung up in Nigeria during the early 1970s. Featuring 32 electrifying and funk laden grooves, this is the sound of a generation attempting to pick up the pieces after the devastation of the Nigerian civil war.

Spread over 2 CDs and 2 triple gatefold LPs, this bumper collection is brimming with youthful exuberance, fuzzed out guitar and cosmic organ vibes and owes much to the psychedelic sounds of Jim Morrison, Santana, Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and James Brown.

As the summer of love was blossoming in London and San Francisco, Nigeria was imploding into civil war. Also known as the Biafran war of 1967, it was a grisly conflict taking over three million lives yet at the same time as the country was being pulled apart there was a new world beginning. The tracks featured represent a forgotten chapter in Nigeria’s musical history when the youth threw their varied morsels into the pot from hard rock to psychedelic soul when guitars were cherished instruments, symbolic of a new movement, when highlife and Afrobeat played second fiddle to ‘the beat’.


01. Ify Jerry Krusade – Nwantinti / Die Die
02. The Hygrades – Rough Rider
03. The Hykkers – Deiyo Deiyo (Akpuwunlobi)
04. Wrinkar Experience – Soundway
05. The Funkees – Breakthrough
06. The Mebusas – Mr. Bull Dog (45 version)
07. Foundars 15 – Don’t Take Me For A Ride
08. Ceejebs – Eti Ufok
09. Tony Grey Super 7 – Yem Efe
10. The Identicals – Akwa Kayi Ji Bia Nuwa
11. P.R.O. – Blacky Joe
12. Cicada – Oli Nkwu
13. The Lijadu Sisters – Life’s Gone Down Low
14. Eppi Fanio – Ikoko Ti Yio Jata (On Perseverance)
15. Bongos Ikwue – All Night Long
01. The Thermometers – Babalawo
02. Colomach – Ottoto Shamoleda
03. The Black Mirrors – The World Ends
04. The Semi Colon – Isi Agboncha
05. Lawrence Amavi Group – Money That’s What I Want
06. The Hygrades – Somebody’s Gonna Lose Or Win
07. Ofege – In Concert
08. The Elcados – Chokoi & Oreje
09. Sonny Okosuns & Paperback Limited – Ohomi
10. Chuck Barrister & The Voices Of Darkness – Be Kind, Be Foolish, Be Happy Tony Grey & The Black 7 – Ugbo Ndoma
11. Reme Izabebo’s Music Research – (Ayamayama) The Same Man
12. Action 13 – Active Action
13. The Actions – Kpokposikposi
14. The Strangers – Onye Ije
15. The Comrades – Bullwalk
16. Ofo The Black Company – Egwu Aja

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