The Funkees

Now I'm a Man

PMG
PMG023
Release Notes
  • One of the hottest, tightest and greatest Bands of Nigeria plays killer afro rock
  • For fans of Assagai, Osibisa, Akwassa, Demon Fuzz, Mother’s Finest, Ofege, Witch
  • Filled to the last groove with catchy tunes that feature awesome harmonies
  • Excellent fuzzy lead guitar
  • An original affair for fans of groovy Nigerian afro rock
  • Excellent sound and performance by high class professional musicians
  • First ever rerelease on CD
  • Fully licensed
  • Remastered audio
  • CD housed in a rock solid jewel case
  • Ultimate collectors item for fans of classic afro rock

Has there ever been a band as aptly named as The Funkees? Formed after the Biafran War to raise spirits in the east, they quickly conquered the dance floors of Lagos and in 1973 headed to London, playing at Ronnie Scott’s and tearing up the local scene. Now I’m A Man captures the band at the height of their London-era pomp. Africans were making soca, West Indians were playing afro-funk and discolypso blasted from boom boxes across West London. The Funkees soaked it all up and delivered back, funkier, tighter and louder. Bookended by two Santana-esque jams, ’I’m A Man’ and ‘303’, The Funkees second album delivers slow burning Afrobeat (‘Mimbo’), urgent jungle bongo chants (‘Salam’) and straight-ahead floor-fillers (Dance With Me.) Little wonder that legendary BBC Radio 1 DJ, John Peel, recorded not one, but two sessions with them. A year later, The Funkees were no more. Jake Sollo joined Osibisa. Sonny Akpabio and Harry Mosco pursued successful solo careers. (A PMG reissue of Country Boy is coming soon.) But on Now I’m A Man they burned brightly as Nigeria’s most talented, inventive and funky band.