A Short Film – Wake Up You! The Rise And Fall Of Nigerian Rock

Now-Again | Apr. 27, 2016 | News |

A short film about Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, 1972-1977. Produced by Uchenna Ikonne and Eothen Alapatt with narration by Uchenna Ikonne. This video was shot and edited by Bennett Piscitelli. Wake Up You Vol. 1 is out now. Wake Up You Vol. 2 comes out May 20, 2016.

Exclusive Pre-Sale – Wake Up You! Vol. 2, The Rise And Fall Of Nigerian Rock 1972-1977

ON SALE: WAKE UP YOU – VOL. 2 – THE RISE AND FALL OF NIGERIAN ROCK, 1972-1977

Vol. 2 to be released WW May 20, 1026. Exclusive pre-sale for vinyl, CD, digital at our webstore at Rappcats NOW

Wake Up You! is presented in two 100+ page books full of never-seen photos and the story of the best Nigerian rock bands told in vivid detail by musicologist and researcher Uchenna Ikonne (Who Is William Onyeabor?).

Each volume is presented as both a hardbound book with CD in a resealable plastic sleeve, and as a double LP with a soft-cover book included in a custom-made 12″x 12″ book holder.

Read: ‘Wake Up You!’ Explores The Transitional, Post-War Rock ‘N’ Roll Of Nigeria – NPR’s All Things Considered.

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Beyonce meets Kaleidoscope on “Freedom”

Now-Again | Apr. 17, 2016 | News |

Do you pay attention to current pop music? We don’t, really, but every once in a while we clear a sample for this star or that – and, in the realm of mega stars that might be caught singing over a deep sample, there are few that go deeper than Beyonce (and, to be fair, her stable of producers).

So, if you caught her Just Blaze-produced “Freedom” off of her latest album Lemonade and thought that the track sounded familiar, that’s because it came from one of our favorite garage-psych records of all times – the self titled, and only, record by the Puerto Rican band Kaleidoscope, who recorded their album in the Dominican Republic and saw it issued in a promotional run of two-hundred copies on Mexico’s Orfeon label. It’s gone on to become one of the sought after artifacts of the late 60s world-rock scene, with clean copies – when the surface – selling for upwards of $8,000.

The German reissue label Shadoks – with whom we’ve issued a number of Zamrock titles – licensed the album through the band’s leader, guitarist and vocalist Frank Tirado, and issued it on CD and LP. We approached Frank and got the rights to license Kaleidoscope’s impossible to imitate music on both master and publishing sides – and, at the urging of Shadoks Thomas Hartlage, have made it available for digital purchase for the first time ever. Download a sample song below and if you like what you hear – and we’re almost certain you will – support the release of global wonders by purchasing the entire album.

Download: Kaleidoscope – Let Me Try
Buy: Kaleidoscope: Kaleidoscope on Itunes.

Out now: Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, 1972-1977

Now-Again | Apr. 16, 2016 | News | ,

Rock in the wake of war: Our decade long investigation into Nigeria’s rock music scene during the 1970s culminates in the release of two album and books. Vol. 1 out now, exclusive Rappcats pre-sale for Vol. 2 imminent.

Ify Jerry Krusade “Everybody Likes Something Good” (Wake Up You! Vol. 1)

The Western world was in the throes of peace, love, and flower power as Nigeria descended into Civil War in 1967. The rock scene that developed during the following three years of bloodshed and destruction would come to heal the country, propagate the world-wide ideal of the Modern Nigerian, and propel Fela Kuti to stardom after conflict ended in 1970.

Wake Up You! tells the story of this time, pays homage to these now-forgotten musicians and their struggle, and brings to light the funk and psychedelic fury they created as they wrested free of the ravages of the late 1960s and created thrilling, original Nigerian rock music throughout the 1970s.

Wake Up You! is presented in two 100+ page books full of never-seen photos and the story of the best Nigerian rock bands told in vivid detail by musicologist and researcher Uchenna Ikonne (Who Is William Onyeabor?).

Each volume is presented as both a hardbound book with CD in a resealable plastic sleeve, and as a double LP with a soft-cover book included in a custom-made 12″x 12″ book holder.

Our Nigerian Vinyl Record Store Day Pop Up At Rappcats

Now-Again | Mar. 30, 2016 | News |

Now-Again’s Record Store Day at Rappcats:
Nigerian vinyl popup record shop.

Saturday, April 16, 2016
Noon — 5PM
5636 York Blvd,
Los Angeles CA 90042

Rappcats has two officially sanctioned Record Store Day releases: J Dilla’s The Diary and our Wake Up You: The Rise & Fall of Nigerian Rock, both of which topped Pitchfork’s “Record Store Day 2016’s Best and Weirdest Bets”.

Nigerian popup record shop: We’re going to be selling Vol. 1 of Wake Up You in CD and LP formats. Egon and Uchenna Ikonne, who put together the Wake Up You anthology, will be selling rare, original Nigerian LPs and 45s the day of – a few hundred handpicked records from the 70s and the 80s in Afro Rock, Afro Beat, Funk, Disco, Boogie and Deep Highlife styles, pictured below.

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