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    CHIEF UDOH ESSIET believes in rhythm. He serves it Hot-and-Spicy on this album, from the depths of his soul to the beat that emanates from his hand-made antelope-skin congas and talking drums.

    AFROBEAT HIGHLIFE CROSSING effortlessly blends the essence of Afrobeat and Highlife grooves, resulting in a sound that’s purely original.

    The percussion is out of this world, the bass is melodic, the horn arrangements are next level, the BVs are perfect and the ‘Pidgin’ language Chief Udoh sings tops it off with some Nigerian seasoning, like a dash of Hot Pepper on Stew!

    SIDE A
    Big Mistake...................5:15
    Mma Akadia Ata...........3:47
    Mo Feran Re.................3:58
    Make You No Quench...3:51

    SIDE B
    What Eye Dey See........6:55
    Wa Le Mi.......................3:54
    Help Me Now................4:18
    Uwem Iduhe.................3:38

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Sung in Ibibio language of Akwa Ibom State in southeastern Nigeria. About a man suffering while his wife takes advantage of him. He goes to work in rags while his wife dresses in fine clothes and goes out to eat with another man. Finally, he must speak up and tell people to look at what she’s done.

Langue Ibibio de l’état d’Akwa Ibom au sud-est du Nigeria. L’histoire d’un homme qui souffre pendant que sa femme profite de lui. Il part au travail avec ses vêtements sales et déchirés pendant que sa femme s’achète des belles robes pour sortir avec un autre. Finalement il ne peut plus se taire.


(translation from Ibibio language of Nigeria to English)


The husband is wearing ragged clothes to church
His wife is dressed fine
The husband is wearing dirty clothes to work
The wife is out enjoying with her friends
(to the man) If you can’t take it any more, say so.
The wife is dressed fine
(to the man) It isn’t wrong to say you’ve had enough
The wife is out enjoying with her friends
(the man speaks) Do you people see that my wife is coming back with another man?
Even though I work hard and suffer for her
She says she doesn’t want me anymore
My people, she’s come back with another man
Even though I struggle for her
My wife doesn’t want me anymore
My people, she doesn’t want me anymore



Le mari s’habille en vêtements déchirés à l’église
Sa femme est bien habillée
Le mari s’habille en vêtements sales à son travail
La femme sort pour faire la fête avec ses amis
La femme sort pour faire la fête avec ses amis
(au mari) Si tu en a marre, il faut lui dire
Sa femme est bien habillée
(au mari) Tu n’aurais pas tort de lui dire que ça suffit
La femme sort s’amuser avec ses amis
(Le mari parle) Voyez-vous ma femme ose rentrer avec un autre homme ?
Malgré que je travaille dur et me prive pour elle­­
Elle dit qu’elle ne me veut plus
Mes amis, elle est rentrée avec un autre homme
Malgré que je lutte
Ma femme ne me veut plus
Mes amis, elle ne me veut plus


from Afrobeat Highlife Crossing, released September 20, 2019
Composed and arranged by Chief Udoh Essiet & Sherry Margolin ©2019 SACEM

Lead vocals, Drums, Percussion, and Backing Vocals: Chief Udoh Essiet
Backing Vocals, Rhodes: Sherry Margolin
Backing Vocals: “Koko” Monique Ouadjah
Bass: Mawena Luc Montenary
Tenor Guitar: Oghene Kologbo
Rhythm Guitar: Julien Raulet
Trumpet: Bruno Gautheron
Alto Sax: Sébastien Buchholz
Tenor Sax: Roger Kom
Trombone: Patrice Caussidery
Baritone Sax: Benjamin "Lonitompic" Kurpisz

Mixed at Uwem Music Studios by Sherry Margolin & Chief Udoh Essiet with invaluable mentorship from Mixer Mark Williams
Mastered at Studio B Mastering in Charlotte NC by Dave Harris


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Chief Udoh Essiet Paris, France

Nigerian born, Paris-based musician Chief Udoh Essiet is known for his exuberant music blending his cultural heritage and politics set over joyous beats. He was the conga soloist for Afrobeat originator Fela Kuti from 1980-83, and studied with legendary highlife musicians like Dr. Victor Olaiya and Rex Lawson. ... more

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