Monday, December 9, 2013
Goddy Ezike and his Black Brothers Band - Obi Ndidi
For the next selection on the highlife turntable, I have selected the track Obi Ndidi, by Goddy Ezike and the Black Brothers Band.
John Beadle has some pretty good information on the performer:
Nigerian Godwin Chukuemeka Mbamalu Ezike was born in Umuleri Ameichi, Mbanabor Local Government area of Anambra State. As a child, he performed traditional Igbo Egwu Ekpili music with his father, Humphrey Obiokwu Ezike. A former member of the Stephen Osita Osadebe Band, he first came to prominence in the 1970's when he formed his group Ambassador Omajiji, which later changed its name to the Black Brothers Band.
The words Obi Ndidi translates into heart patience. For me the vocals and the horn playing really stand out against the steady guitar playing. Check out the way the horns just wail at the 5.50 mark. I hope you like it.
For those interested in hearing more of the Black Brothers Band you can purchase a number of reasonably priced CD reissues at this site