miércoles, 1 de octubre de 2014

I.K. Dairo & his Blue Spots - The Green Eagles of Nigeria (1976)

I.K. Dairo was a notable Nigerian Jùjú musician born in the town of Offa, located in present day Kwara State.
His musical career entered the fast lane when he founded a ten piece band called the "Morning Star Orchestra" in 1957. In 1960, during the celebration of Nigeria's independence, the band was called on to play at a party hosted by a popular Ibadan based magistrate. With a lot of prominent Yoruba patrons at the venue, "I.K. Dairo" showcased his style of jùjú music and earned attention and admiration from other Yoruba patrons present, many of whom later invited him to gigs during cultural celebrations or just lavish parties.
In the early 60´s, he changed the band's name to "Blue Spots" and also won a competition televised in Western Nigeria to showcase the various talents in jùjú music.
Dairo's stay at the top in the Nigerian music scene was short lived, by 1964, a new musician in the person of "Ebenezer Obey" was gaining ground and by the end of the 60´s. However, "Dairo" continued with his music, touring Europe and North America in the 70s and 80s.
Here he's singing to the nigerian Football Team. The zip have two files (one for each vinyl side).

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