On this Friday November 29th, Secret Stash out of Minneapolis, MN has a special treat for you. If you’re into African records, they will be releasing a limited edition of Owo Lema, an out of print LP by Nigerian Afro-Funk and Jazz legend Peter King. Originally released circa 1976, the crew at Secret Stash are putting out 350 color vinyl for Black Friday. This highly sought after slice of Nigerian Funk mixed with Western compositions was recorded in London and put out on Orbitone Records. King, who is one of the most well known Nigerian musicians (alongside King Sunny Ade and Tony Allen and others) played right along side Fela at times during his career. They shared the spotlight at the Kakadu Hotel in Yaba, Nigeria in 1969 and ’70, King with his band Voice of Africa, and Fela with Africa ’70. While Fela’s music stood tall over King’s releases, King held his own in his own right. This record is one of the most sought after in his discography, and a must have for African record collectors.
The acclaimed drummer began his career in the 1950’s, and as it progressed became a multi-intrumentalist, playing flute, bass, keyboards and his most well known instrument, the tenor saxophone. King trained at London’s Trinity School of Music in good company as did Fela Kuti and Ebo Taylor. Highlights of his career include a 45, “Highlife Picadilly” with his group The African Messengers while in London, the record Shango, and his School of Music among other notable achievements. His Miliki Sound and A Soulful Peter King records are classics in African music. This limited edition, color vinyl release comes with a download card as well, and is available on Black Friday at the Secret Stash webstore. The black vinyl and CD won’t be available until January 21, 2014, so get on this great record while you can. Check out two tracks from the release below: