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Berkely Ike Jones

Nation Building

PMG
PMG012
Release Notes
  • Another wild and beautiful afro beat album from Nigeria
  • Mastermind Berkely Ike Jones is an icon of the scene and has already been part of Ginger Baker’s touring band in the 70s
  • For fans of Akwassa, Mixed Grill, Kiki Gyan, Geraldo Pino, Fela Kuti, Osibisa
  • A legendary crown jewel of the Nigerian jazz funk scene of the late 70s
  • Excellent sound and performance by high class professional musicians
  • First ever official rerelease on vinyl and CD
  • Fully licensed
  • Remastered audio
  • LP housed in heavy 350g carton cover
  • CD housed in a rock solid jewel case
  • Ultimate collectors item for fans of 1970s afro beat and funk rock

Nation Building is a real forgotten gem from the late ‘70s and is among the very best Afro-Beat Disco Lps ever. Berkely Ike Jones is one of the icons of the Nigerian scene being the guitarist and founder of BLO (forthcoming on PMG). BLO were one of the very best progressive bands from Nigeria and managed to release several albums for EMI (Nigeria) and Afrodisia Records. BLO are definitely a ground-breaking band, that managed to further establish the entire Afro-Funk genre. At the time Ginger Baker of Cream went to travel to Nigeria and invited Berkely Ike Jones to be part of session-band Salt. They went back to UK and toured in Europe. Berkely Ike Jones played with many bands like with Ofege on their Try and Love album and he also appeared on many other great albums by artists like Steve Black, Lijadu Sisters, Tee Mac, Kris Okotie, Sonny Okosuns Ozziddi, ’Blackman’ Akeeb Kareem, Mixed Grill, Don Bruce And The Angels and Felix Lebarty. Nation Building is his solo project recorded in the late 1970s on Skylark Records. The original LP is extremely rare and very expensive, so this is your chance to grab your copy and listen to some really great Afro-Beat music.