Sir Victor Uwaifo - Guitar-Boy Superstar 1970-1976
Lo and behold, right in the middle of my recent obsession with African funk, this drops into my lap. Sir
Victor Uwaifo is surely one of the smoothest, funkiest MFs you will ever hear. "Guitar Boy Superstar" is a
generous survey of what made the man THE MAN. Damn, Nigeria must have been a greqt place before
the shooting started.
Apparently the man has used every ounce of his time with us, from making his own guitar at twelve, to
being at various times a poet, painter, sculptor and Commissioner for Culture; this openness and daring
more than applies to music.
From smooth soul jams like "Kirikisi" to the testifying psych-funk of "Idogo," which features an opening
ode to booze in English, followed by a killer mellow groove that blends into a crazy guitar riff and tribal
call & response goodness. The hypnotic drone of "Edge Natete" is holy and loose, like the Grateful Dead
in theory as opposed to in reality. A tasty horn section mimics the main riff, then takes off on its own.
Throughout the nineteen tracks, whether working up a sweat and kicking it down to slow dance mode,
Uwaifo's playing is sweet and ragged, and full of soul. He appears to mastered whatever he was hearing
both locally and from abroad in the early to mid 1970s, though there is nothing retro here-it is all
serious party music.
Pick up "Guitar-Boy Superstar" and meet your new guitar hero, one who doesn't overpower, but
saturates tunes with his tone and imaginative riffs. You need to know Sir Victor.
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