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In 1973 Nigeria’s first psychedelic rock record was released – and a very fine one it was too.

The trio behind it – Berkley “Ike” Jones on guitar, Laolu “Akins” Akintobi on drums and Mike “Gbenga” Odumosu – emerged from a rock band, Salt, that Cream drummer Ginger Baker formed during visits to Nigeria, drawn by an interest in African drumming.

Salt never released an album, but Blo, an acronym of its members’ names, rose from its ashes.

Reissued this year, Chapter One is a hypnotic brew of Hendrix-esque guitar noodling, Funkadelic-style rhythms and African-accented rock-outs, a groove so redolent of the 1970s that the listener is surprised to find he hasn’t grown a handlebar moustache by the end of it.


Chapter One

(Mr Bongo)

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