Monday, December 20, 2010
International brothers led by Isaac Rogana Ottah
For the next selection on the highlife turntable, I have selected the track Anyi Bu Ndegwu from the International Brothers led by Rogana Ottah LP on the EMI label. I first saw this LP about 6 years ago when I heard it when I was visiting Chris Meserve in NY. I was never able to record the record, but I finally got a copy.
The International Brothers were a loose confederation of top Ukwauni musicians and they did a series of very well regarded LP, usually featuring a guest vocalist like Bob Fred or Steady Arobby.
This release features the great Rogana Ottah. Rogana Ottah has always been a personal favorite of mine. He's recorded 31 LP's, and I have 25 recordings, and by and large all of them are very good. I love the rawness and energy of the vocals and the guitar lines are impeccable. It reminded me of what I really liked about Rogana Ottah's singing and the simplicity and beauty behind a well played Ukwauni bass line. See what you think.
John Beadle has more information about Rogana Ottah at http://biochem.chem.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~endo/EAOttah.html