Various Artists - Lagos Chop Up
Fuji and Afro-Beat, Highlife and Juju: Fela’s success in the West has hidden from view the mind-boggling range of modern Nigerian music. Though formally these two compilations put things in perspective — ranging across styles from the mid-sixties to the early eighties — musically they are just staggering. There is juju apala, Afro-funk, highlife. Some breathtaking classic fuji — raw Muslim street music — for twenty-five years now the real soundtrack of Lagos youth. And the Afrobeat tracks here include one of the best you’ll ever hear: thirteen minutes of Shina WIlliams And His African Percussions.