Sonic Diet

Tune In, Turn Up: new (old) music from the Lijadu Sisters

According toNew York Times music critic Jon Pareles, the music of Nigeria’s Lijadu Sisters was “a West African parallel to the Pointer Sisters” with a mix of Nigerian Afro-beat, reggae, South African pop with elements of disco and “Memphis soul.”

The identical twins Taiwo and Kehinde Lijadu, released several albums and singles via Decca Records, Afrodisia and Shanachie from 1969 – 1997, starting out in their beloved homebase and ending up in Brooklyn, New York, where they live today. Their debut album, Danger, was released in 1976 and contains personal and inspiring stories, plenty of upbeat and strong rhythm and melody and the unduplicable sisterly harmonizing of Taiwo and Kehinde.

Knitting Factory Records, who recently re-released Danger, writes, “”lyrically, most of the songs address social and political issues, sometimes directly, sometimes through metaphor and allusion. The uptempo opener, “Danger,” is on one level about a “dangerous lover.” But in the wider context of the times — with the police and army’s abuses of power running rampant and otherwise unchecked (Fela Kuti’s eviscerating Zombie was also released in 1976) — it captures life on the edge in contemporary Nigeria.”

Listen to a song from the Lijadu Sisters, below, and watch two interviews (one brand new one, hyperlinked in the first paragraph, above and an older one, below).



This entry was published on February 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm. It’s filed under new music, Reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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