February 12, 2012
With this release, Comb & Razor Sound launches its exploration of the colorful world of popular music from Nigeria, starting with the post-disco era of the late 1970s and early 80s. The years between 1979 and 1983 were Nigeriaâ€™s Second Republic, when democracy finally returned after twenty-three years of uninterrupted military dictatorship. They were also the crest of Nigeriaâ€™s oil boom, when surging oil prices made the petroleum-producing country a land of plenty, prosperity and profligacy. The influx of petrodollars meant an expansion in industry and the music industry in particular.
Record companies upgraded their technology and cranked out a staggering volume of output to an audience hungry for music to celebrate the countryâ€™s prospective rise as global power of the future. While it was a boom time for a wide variety of popular music styles, the predominant commercial sound was a post-Afro-beat, slickly modern dance groove that retrofitted the relentless four-on-the-floor bass beat of Disco to a more laid back, upbeat-and-downbeat Soul shuffle, mixing in Jazz-Funk, synthesizer Pop and an overall ‘afro’ feeling. At the time, it was still mostly locally referred to as â€œDiscoâ€, but has since been recognized as its own unique genre retrospectively dubbed â€œNigerian Boogieâ€. Time to get down with the boogie badness!