Monday, January 28, 2008

A quick quickie from Ofo the Black Company

This 1972 fuzz-rocker sounds a lot like Ofo's popular "Allah Wakbarr" and is in fact the B-side of that 1972 single.

R.I.P. Larry Ifediorama.

Ofo the Black Company - "Beautiful Daddy"

11 comments:

Ambrose said...

It's sad that musical icons like Larry Ifedioranma would die in pernury with the kind of music he composed back in the day. I wonder if he got any royalties grossed from "The Last King of Scotland" Soundtrack.

Comb & Razor said...

i'd expect that the producers of Last King of Scotland would have properly licensed the track before they used it, so it's possible that he got paid.

but then, because we don't have any proper publishing rights administration in Nigeria, who knows if the money would ever get to him. i think "Allah Wakbarr" was published in the UK, though... so Decca should have taken care of him.

actually, now that i think of it, i think Larry died in 2005 or so and the movie was in 2006, so if there were any royalties, they would have had to go to his estate.

Ambrose said...

For one phenomenon that shaped popular culture back in the day, I'm not sure if Ifedioranma left any properties to be credited to his hard work as he shaped the 70s era hippies composing and producing for young artists of that era dying in penury.

But somehow, the makers of that award winning movie did not give credit to the artists involved in the soundtrack which suggests it wasn't a big deal using African classics as original score for the movie on the basis no one was actually paying attention to the credits and honor to whom it is due.

Take for example, the soundtrack of that movie has no detailed information and how the producers of the movie came about puting together a collection of African bands which eventually won Whittaker an Academy Award for Best Actor.

Nvertheless, you guys should start puting together the kind of vibe that Ifedioranma, Lawal and Miga started back in the day.

matsuli said...

Did OFO release an LP? I've only seen a live compilation recorded in Germany for sale?

Comb & Razor said...

y'know, i really don't know, Matt! that live album is the only LP i've ever seen, too... and i think you might have even been the one who hipped me to its existence!

(no... actually, it was Zim, come to think of it)

nate said...

This is fantastic. Can you point me towards any more information on Larry Ifediorama?

Comb & Razor said...

Nate,

you could barely write a full, substantial sentence with the little i know about Larry!

if there's anybody i'd expect to have some info, though, it's Ambrose...

Seal67 said...

What a band, what a guy. Last saw Larry on tv, in Nigeria in 1992, with his trademark Stretch-combed hair (which he admitted he modelled after the long haired-hippies of his era). As far as I know, Larry put Ofo together in 1972, recorded Allah Wakbarr in London on a deal with the now defunct London Records (I worked there briefly in 1986, they werre based on Oxford Street, London), which was or became part of the good old Polydor (Later Polygram) Records stable. I know they toured the UK and Europe esp Germany- extensively doing the usual round of Uni gigs and Festivals- even before the Funkees who enjoyed greater success did. I can't be exact on the composition of the band, but know that at one stage, Larry recruited a couple of Brits as part of the band. His is a sad story, but thats just the nature of this business- anywhere.Larry wasn't a man that did compromise and rightly or wrongly stuck to his Hippy format- even when it wasn't fashionable.
An interesting thing is that the Last King of Scotland soundtrack has Allah Wakbarr down as "Love is me Love is you"- clearly wrong and in my view something of an obfuscation deliberate or otherwise. I can't imagine that they didn't obtain a licence from London Records successor company- I believe the rights devolved to EMI or Virgin. I'm going to ferret some info from my

Graham said...

I was with Lari (and Johnny-his brother) for 2 years in Ofo. I played guitar and a scots guy called Greg played bass. We recorded at Decca, Power exchange and a live gig at the Western Counties (Paddington) some time in 1976. If anyone wants to know more and I have lots to share, please email me ghgaffney@googlemail.com .
Lari was one of the most inspirational people I ever met.
One night we played the Greyhound, Fulham, and the poster makers spelt our name UFO! Reportedly, 7000 people turned up to see some heavy rock and that's what they got, the gig was awesome!!!! RIP Lari, I have always missed you. Graham.

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