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 22, 2017

Lord Adusa - Twamo-Esai

For the next selection on the highlife turntable I have selected the track Twamo-Esai by Lord Adusa Y Ayegbe off a 1977 release Izon Ene Ebi Ede.

I have written about Lord Adusa before.  His 1980's release Mabena Otu is one of my all time favorite records.  What was exciting about this release is that it was done in 1975 and it has some information on the artist.  The liner notes say:

"The well known Ijaw philosopher, Lord Adusa started playing music at the age of 14, when the so called Asiko was existing far back in 1958.  During that period he was to appear in public shows, leading a band called the Young Stars Dance Band "isampuo"  After a long struggle he decided to change to another business for lack of instruments to perform on stage in a high temple."

Fast forward to 1977 and Lord Adusa releases this LP.  He would have been 33 at the time of this release and his music is considered Ijaw highlife, which would have made him a contemporary of such first generation Izon perfomers like King Ebizimor and I.K. Belemu.

The song is basically an interplay between the spacey guitar lines and the plaintiveness of the vocals, which includes a flawless call and response between Lord Adusa and his chorus. It is a short song, but a good early example of the philosophical power of Izon vocals.  This power would be the foundation on to which the Izon Highlife movements would be built in the 80's and 90's.

 I found the lyrical quality of the song haunting. I hope you like it.


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