Welcome to the Highlifeturntable. The purpose of this blog is to provide a way for people to listen to rare highlife music from Ghana and Nigeria. I plan to post tracks from my private collection along with a little commentary on what I know about the artist and what I like about the LP.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunday Ogbulie and His Busy Bees

For the next selection on the highlife turntable, I have selected the track Ife Love melum, by Sunday Ogbulie and his busy bees.

According to the liner notes:

Christian Iweka Sunday Ogbulie, popularly known as Sunny Milly Tana, is the son of prince, Emma M.C. Ogbulie of Umuezeonu family of Umueze Atani quarter's of Aiam town.  Born in 1958, he joined Chief Commander Stephen Osita Osadebe Nigerian Sound Makers in 1978.

 He recorded his first LP, Eze Afo Julu in 1978.  This was his 2nd record and was recorded in 1980.  Ogbulie saw himself as the 2nd artist, the first being Chief Osadebe, to popularize Ogbara traditional music.

Mr. Ogbulie said " the use of his local language made audiences think more of Ogbaru.   My music is mainly traditional.  I don't abuse people nor boost my ego because my music is becoming the best.  Therefore I am advising my fellow youths in the music scene should regard themselves Talented for no one knows tomorrow.  They should be encouraged"

I like the slow pace at the beginning as each instrument is introduced into the melody.  The horns then open up and introduce the vocals.  The spacey pacing and articulation of the vocals, and the downtempo guitar lines, add a soulfulness to the song that is particularly affecting.  I also liked a number of the horn breaks throughout the song, especially during the last 2 minutes of the songs.   See what you think

I hope you like it



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