I love 80s boogie. I love it for so many reasons. I was born in the 70s and came into adolescence in the 80s. On vacation from secondary school, I used to go to a dj in Jos, I can’t remember his name. All I remember is he played basketball and was a mad mixer. He would play us songs and we would hand over a list of the latest jams from which he would subsequently proceed to create a mixtape.

Some of his mixes were so intricate, half science, half turntablist artistry. He very ably blended Prince’s “When doves cry”, with UB40’s, “Sing our own song”. The feat was unbelievable in the emotions it provoked. That tape brought great happiness to me and my brother until, it went missing. I wasn’t surprised that it was stolen. Cassettes were a hot commodity. People stole them, so we scratched tell-signs, logos, and initials on the plastic with the hope that being indelible would deter potential thieves. But that rarely worked when the music was this good.

Cassettes were also, susceptible to getting destroyed by the tape player. We bought Chrome tapes, for sound quality and the hope that they would last longer. But those tapes rarely lasted beyond a few months.

I still smile when I remember that mixtape, it was ridiculously high art.

I created the selection below for that dj..

Peace, Light and Love forever and ever and ever and ever… amen…

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we are honoured to officially release this music masterpiece by Livinus Ekemezie, a record so ahead of its time, a document of how sound travels. Released in 1982 on a private label, this sound has travelled from Goddy Oku’s Godiac Studios in Aba, to the dance floors of Lagos, Port Harcourt, Berlin, London, Paris, Detroit and New York. The vocals are undeniably Nigerian, however the sound of the record is harder to place. This was Livy’s idea and he achieved it wholesomely. He wanted to travel in sound and he did. This holy-grail lp has been on the top 5 lists of most collectors and diggers of afro-boogie.

Official release date is 10th March 2017, pre-orders available from Strut/K7.