Bala Miller & The Great Music Pyrameeds Of Afrika: Pyramids, LP (Vinyl)
Bala Miller & The Great Music Pyrameeds Of Afrika: Pyramids, LP (Vinyl)
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Bala Miller & The Great Music Pyrameeds Of Afrika
Pyramids
    • LP (Vinyl)
    • Austria
    • PMG (3)
    • (PMG040LP)
  • 6 Tracks
  • EAN 0710473191456
    • M / M
    • virgin
reissue of 1979 Nigerian Afrobeat album: Bala Miller was famous for pushing boundaries. His first job was selling beer in the Muslim north. And as a musician he'd always try to sneak in 'local' flourishes while playing trumpet with Bobby Benson and Victor Olaiya. It was with his band, the Pirameeds, however, that he was able to realise his dream of incorporating northern tunes into mainstream highlife. Honed razor sharp from a residency at the Costain Club in Kuduna, the band recorded Pyramids, a breathtaking fusion of Hausa rhythms, jazz and funk. With its haunting trumpet line, tribal drums and imploring Hausa chants, 'Ikon Allah', the power of God, is Bala Miller vision writ large. 'Yo Gboko' is a New York-style street drama, played out on the dusty streets of Northern Nigeria. 'Opportunity Knocks' is a playful burst of ska and 'Stretch Your Nose' is a raucous James Brown fable about the dangers of lying. Bala Miller went on to become one of Nigeria's best-loved personalities. The Costain Club became a renowned meeting place for northern musicians. But his greatest legacy remain Pyramids, an opus that introduced Hausa rhythms and stories to the rest of Nigeria.

tracks

A1

Ikon Allah

Arranged by
  • Oscar Sule
Composed by
  • Bala Miller
Vocals
  • Idris Maliki
A2

Yo Gboko

Arranged by
  • Bala Miller
  • Oscar Sule
Vocals
  • Christy Agbe
A3

Igwhe

Arranged by
  • Bala Miller
  • Oscar Sule
Composed by
  • David Yajem
Vocals
  • Christy Agbe
B1

All Work No Play

Composed by
  • Johnny Philips
Vocals
  • Johnny Philips
B2

Opportunity Knocks

Composed by
  • Johnny Philips
B3

Stretch Your Nose

Composed by
  • Samuel Kweifio

Credits

Arranged by
  • Oscar Sule
Bass guitar
  • Samuel Kweifio
Calabash
  • Salhatu Garba
Congas
  • George Otoo
Design
  • Peregrino Communications International, Lagos
Directed by
  • Bala Miller
Drums
  • Akanbi Moses
Engineer
  • John Malife
  • Martin Ikebuaku
Mixed by
  • John Malife
Recorded by
  • John Malife
  • Martin Ikebuaku
Kora
  • Indinka Sauso
Lead guitar
  • Fred Dhokys
Lead vocals
  • Assomo Esabelle
  • Christy Agbe
  • Dupe Ogini
  • Lucie Ondoa
  • Vicky Duke
  • Idris Maliki
  • Johnny Philips
  • Otis Wahab
Organ
  • Francis Modute
Percussion
  • Augustine Nga
Rhythm guitar
  • Mathias
Talking drum
  • Ahmadu Haruna
Trombone
  • Effiong Jarrett
Trumpet
  • Harry Udofia James
  • Bimbola Adekoya
Leader
  • Bimbola Adekoya
Violin
  • Sule Mohammed