The coordinates of this record are pointing at some spot right in the center of Lagos, Nigeria. A sprawling intersection, a bus station near a red light district. And that’s it.
And that is really what I mean. This record sounds like just a spot in the center of Lagos, Nigeria. A sprawling intersection, a bus station near a red light district.
Emeka Ogboh is less musician and more sound artist (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emeka_Ogboh) and the record is a strange mixture of recorded street sounds – mostly speech in strange sounding languages (most problably Yoruba and Hausa and Nigerian pidgin), with an underlying hypnotic beat and other rhythmic patterns. Sometimes more techno, sometimes tribal, sometime drum n bass.
Texts deal with issues around the Ojuelegba bus station, talks and announcements of bus drivers, their clients and street folks. And somehow Emeka Ogboh manages by beat and soundpatterns to create an order into the underlying chaos of Lagos-street life, which has been unheard and unseen before.
Available on bandcamp (https://emekaogboh.bandcamp.com/album/6-30-33372-n-3-22-066-e). I aquired my vinyl copy through a second hand store online.