Cardinal Rex Lawson's & his Mayor's Band of Nigeria - Rex Lawson's victories (LP,Philips,1969)
En 1966, la guerre du Biafra éclate, elle dure jusqu'en 1970. Cette guerre, outre les horreurs et le million de morts qu'elle a engendrée, a eu pour conséquence de ralentir sérieusement la production highlife dans la mesure ou de nombreux musiciens de ce genre étaient originaire de cette région. Rex Lawson entre autres. Malgré tout, cette petite merveille a survécu aux années. Si j'en crois la pochette, il a été pressé à Lagos en 1969. Vous pouvez trouver des information complémentaires intéressantes sur Rex Lawson sur l'excellent blog Likembe, notamment un line-up des musiciens qui tournaient avec lui. Je dois remercier pour ce disque mon ami Olumuyiwa Kunnuji, trompettiste des Egypt 80's recruté par Féla dans les années 90, qui me l'a ramené, parmi d'autres merveilles (qui ne tarderont pas à atterrir sur le blog), de son dernier passage à Lagos.
Highlife have been introduced in Nigeria by the ghanean E.T. Mensah at the beggining of the fifties. He invented the one specific gimmick of the trumpet you can hear there on this great LP of the trumpeter Rex Lawson. Highlife was very popular in Nigeria during the seventies thanks to, in big part, Bobby Benson whom popularised it by integrate kind of a "comical" way of playing it. Thanks to him, highlife was listening by all the society, even the poor one, which was not really the case in Ghana where, at the beggining, this music was for the higher class...Besides, its first name was "high-class-life music"...During and after the war of Biafra (1966-70), the popularity of highlife increased, in part, because a lot of its musicians were from this region, an so were some of the recordings studios. Rex Lawson was from Biafra. One of the particularities of nigerian highlife is the introduction of the talking drums, which I'm realy fond of even if you can't here some on this LP. You'll find interesting informations about Rex Lawson, especially a line-up of the musicians he was playing with at the time, on the great Likembe blog. I must say a big thanks to my great friend Olumuyiwa Kunnuji, trumpet player of the Egypt 80's, recruted by Féla during the nineties, whom brought me this album from his last trip to Lagos (between a big bunch a diamonds that you will soon find on the blog or hear on the radio program).
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