Saturday, December 01, 2007

Ozziddi For Sale

This selection was spurred by an observation Undercover Black Man made in the comments earlier this evening regarding the odd title choice for Yvonne Maha's Child For Sale. I always thought it was an odd title myself, especially since it was hardly reflective--even obliquely--of any content on the album. Then it occurred to me that it might have been a riff on the title of this 1976 album by the album's producer, Sonny Okosuns.

Ozziddi For Sale is mostly a loose Ozziddi band jam session essaying reggae, afrobeat and the trademark Ozziddi sound. The album was a major breakthrough for Sonny, and represented the beginnings of his reinvention as a champion for social justice; the song "Let My People Go" presages the "voice of the downtrodden" persona that would define his music through the 70s and 80s, and even hints at the Christian voice that would become his emphasis in the 90s.

Here's two tracks from the album:

Festival of the Hunters

Let My People Go


Undercover Black Man said...

Well done, C&R. Thanks... that would explain the Yvonne Maha LP title.

calumbinho said...

Those Okosuns tracks are such fun -thank a lot!! I wonder if these last Nigerian posts are leading up to Haastrup's Wake up your mind... ;).

Comb & Razor said...

just for you, calumbinho... i will make that the next post! (i owe you that much, don't i?)

(might not be till tomorrow or Wednesday, though)

calumbinho said...

yeah yeah yeah !!! all right !! :)))))

jon said...

Just thought I'd hijack the comments section to let C&R know I've got a couple or three more nigerian 45s on my blog. Sorry it's taken me so long to do some more. . .