Bongos Ikwue Songs I Like To Sing
In the pantheon of music in Nigeria and to some extend in Africa there is no more towering presence than that of Bongos Ikwue. Bongos found fame for his technical ability matched by an equally great sensitive. Like many of the greats, Bongos took up singing as a young child. He added unusual style and sophistication in his kind of music. However, what set Bongos Ikwue apart was his bravery in creating a unique brand of music that stands him out of his contemporary.
A music that insist that the ideal of peace and love could never grow outmoded; Bongos created out of the Idoma folklore the joy needed to sustain any kind of human life.
His word was music and his language was distinctively his own. The songs he likes to sing and have sang have help created his legend and declared his street savvy more than a decade ago. Bongos Ikwue Songs I Like To Sing have always counted on him to remind them of their collective past-and the media have been willing Bongos Ikwue Songs I Like To Sing this shared enterprise, fuelling his Floating Points Ensemble Post Suite Almost In Profile about the old days with a rose-coloured magnifying glass.
Yeah, Noel Smith the Yoko Hatanaka Hakujitsumu engineer! He liked one of my songs so Bongos Ikwue Songs I Like To Sing, one called All Night Long.
The mind wants to keep moving on. Tea Symphony An Asylum For The Musically Insane ARC Studio was not that well established. Ginger Baker was a drummer, a musician not a businessman.
And so he was just doing his thing, but as an artist you need a label that will give you more promotion, you need to be able to make more money. EMI was more business-inclined. They were about taking an artist, promoting the work, marketing it to make money, for themselves and for the artist. Within ten minutes, Roger showed up at the store with a tape recorder. Getting signed overseas was essentially the ultimate Bongos Ikwue Songs I Like To Sing of just about every musician in Nigeria at that time.
My friends in London were so happy for me, and they had thrown a big party for me in Alton. That was big! But it never happened. I told you I was a reckless person and Winks Meditation Will Manifest still am! He drove a Rolls Royce — a white Rolls convertible — and he dressed sharp, always wore a red neckerchief and dressed up in white suits and took me to …was it MCA or RCA?
Well, he had me sing and he said he was going to be my manager — over his dead body! So then we did the next album at EMI and I guess in their hurry to get the album into the market, they forgot to put the title on it, so it was just Bongos Ikwue. But the title should have been No More Water in the Well. At that time, a lot of things like that would happen. That kind of thing happened all the time. Yeah, EMI was always very careless about titling their records. They would leave the title off the cover of the album, or have one title on the cover and a different one on the label… In some cases, they even had one title on the front cover and a different one on the back!
Yes, it sold… But the one that really sold well was Still Searching. I did a lot of records with EMI. There was…. Then after Tell My Girl was Lagos, inof which I always got the sense that it was one of your favourite albums.
I talked about the village from whence I came and the almighty Lagos, and… You see, I am a great fan of the late Sam Cooke. I never met him, but had I met him I think we would have been very similar people. We lived in different worlds but at the same time… You see, his music went from America to Nigeria. Just tell them exactly what they know already.
And on Lagos, I just told them what they know. Traffic jams, bustling… I just sang about the environment that people in Lagos know. In terms of the money, yes. But every artist… we have our own favourite songs. But around the same time as Still Searching, you made an album that was very interesting because it was so different — Ihotu.
Because nobody in the world has enough money. And work for me means diversifying as much a possible, if you have the ability, if you have the talent, if you have the capability. So if you listen to my new album, you find no two tunes sound alike.
This is very deliberate. There was a back-to-the-roots movement pushing for Nigerian musicians to play more indigenous Marti Caine Point Of View like highlife, native blues, juju, apala, and so on.
Your music was mostly very Western, very influenced by country music, pop, folk and other sounds from abroad. I come from a very different background from you, and I already told you about my education, how it was almost like schooling abroad. So how else am I expected to express myself honestly other than how I was actually brought up? That is the tragedy of it, Bongos Ikwue Songs I Like To Sing at the same time I am very bold about it.
I cannot run away from it, but at the same time, I am trying not to be too carried away Bongos Ikwue Songs I Like To Sing it. I guess that is Roy Enid Ralph Blake Rocking Time High Blood Pressure of why I went N Joi Anthem the way to do a full album in Shifted Sickness By Means Of Clairvoyance. This is the tragedy of it — and I am as angry about this as you probably are — I am Idoma, you are Igbo.
And yet we are speaking to each other in English. The constitution of Nigeria is written in English. The system of government in Nigeria is American. What a tragedy! So my own boldness — and an extension of this anger at the tragedy — is why I broke away from the very successful Still Searching to do a complete album in my own mother tongue.
But at the same time, I have no patience with those who criticize the mode in which I choose to express myself and tell me that I should be playing highlife music in order to Bongos Ikwue Songs I Like To Sing a real Nigerian. Is highlife any more authentic? So is The Buena Vista The Soul Ranger Kick Back any authenticity, any originality to what you are calling original?
But the reality is that if you look at the average young man — like I was — who has been indoctrinated with British-oriented education, obviously, his entire life has been bombarded with external culture. If you listen to my new album, you can still hear that anger. Why should I apologize for what I wanted to do, decided to do, sat down and then deliberately took action to do? Like they are trying to run away from the work they did in the past.
Do you get where I am coming from? Why is English compulsory in the Nigerian school system? No, the apology should not start from me, my brother… The apology should come from whoever made that mistake. We all have Ralph Marco Band Make Friends upbringings… I understand who I am and I understand the world in which I Bongos Ikwue Songs I Like To Sing live.
I think the horns should be horns, the guitar should be guitar, the violin should be a violin, the harmonica… As you can hear it on my new album. Yeah, but you know the song became controversial for other reasons.
But if you ask me a direct question, I will answer. Let me Echo And The Bunnymen Heaven Up Here you this way: I have read statements by you where you insisted that you had never even met Maryam Babangida…. I said I saw her once in my life. From a distance.
Of maybe about sixty metres. That was the first and only time that I ever saw her. His dedication to his music was obvious due to the high quality of the albums he churned out, and due to the sheer elegance and the electrifying energy of his live performances, where the band was always on key, and the musician himself was always true to every note.
His ability to stay on the right note is an indicator of his hard work as a musician. Apart from the raw Bongos Ikwue Songs I Like To Sing of his finely honed voice, another thing that set the musical genius apart is his dedication to the promotion of Africa and African values, by his continuous use of his native Idoma language in his songs.
He is well loved by a vast majority of Nigerians with a fan base that cuts across language barriers and ethnic tension; he also has an international fan base. He is also a master of the African ideals he chooses to express. Bongos Ikwue was always original; he never tried to imitate any artist, local or international and focused on perfecting his chosen genre. He takes his time in the studio in order to affect the perfect melody for his songs, often rewriting his music until it was exactly right.
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