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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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Yoruba language. My tribute to my Godfather in Highlife Music Dr. Victor Abimbola Olaiya. This is an adaptation of his “Omo Pupa” which is about falling in love with white women.

(français)
Langue Yoruba. Un hommage au légende de la musique Highlife et mon Parrain, Dr. Victor Abimbola Olaiya. Ceci est une adaptation de son « Omo Pupa » qui raconte l’amour avec les femmes blanches.

lyrics

(translation from Yoruba language of Nigeria to English)

I WANT TO LOVE YOU (Mo Feran Re)

White lady, we are marrying white ladies
White lady, please, I want to love you

When I arrive in Paris, I will send her transport money
White lady, please, I want to love you

When I arrive in Nigeria, I still want to marry a white lady
White lady, please, I want to love you

White lady, white lady, I want to marry a white lady
White lady, white lady, we are marrying white ladies

A yam that is good at the market is the one I like to buy
Nice clothes in the market are what I like to wear
A lady with good behavior Is the one for me
Nice clothes in the market are what I like to wear – Tell me!

White lady, we are marrying white ladies
White lady, please, I want to love you

White lady (4x)
I want to love you (ad lib)

(français)

JE VEUX T’AIMER (Mo Feran Re)

Femme blanche, nous épousons des femmes blanches
Femme blanche, je t’en prie, je veux t’aimer

Quand je viens à Paris, je lui envoie de l’argent pour me rejoindre
Femme blanche, je t’en prie, je veux t’aimer

Quand je suis au Nigeria, Je veux toujours épouser une femme blanche
Femme blanche, je t’en prie, je veux t’aimer

Femme blanche, femme blanche, Je veux épouser une femme blanche
Femme blanche, femme blanche, nous épousons des femmes blanches

Une belle igname au marché est celle que je veux acheter
Un bel habit au marché est celui que je veux mettre
Une femme qui se comporte bien est celle que je préfère
De bons habits au marché sont ceux que je veux porter – Dis-moi !

Femme blanche, nous épousons des femmes blanches
Femme blanche, Je veux t’aimer

Femme blanche (4x)
Je veux t’aimer (ad lib)

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

Lead vocals, Drums, and Percussion: Chief Udoh Essiet
Backing Vocals, Rhodes: Sherry Margolin
Backing Vocals: Uwem Essiet
Bass: Mawena Luc Montenary
Guitar: Oghene Kologbo
Trumpet: Bruno Gautheron
Alto Sax: Sébastien Buchholz
Trombone: Patrice Caussidery

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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