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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. Love stories. It’s good to marry the person you love, whether or not she can give you a baby. But if your husband can’t give you a baby, come to me (“wa le mi”) and I will help. Also a warning: if a wife leaves her husband because he has no money, he should not take her back when money comes to him.

Langue Yoruba. Des histoires d’amour. C’est bien d’épouser la personne qu’on aime, même si elle ne peut pas te donner un enfant. Mais si ton homme ne peut pas « assurer », viens me voir (« wa le mi ») et je t’aiderai. Un conseil : si une femme quitte son mari quand il n’a plus d’argent, il ne doit pas la reprendre quand ses finances s’améliorent.


(translation from Yoruba language of Nigeria to English)


My mother told me not to stay with my wife Kudi
Because she has no baby
Whether she has a face or no face – I am with her
Baby or no baby – I will marry her
Breast or no breast– I will marry her
Bottom or no bottom – I will marry her

If you know that your man can’t give you a baby
I say, come to me - I will take care of you

Come to me, come to me
Come to my house, I’ll do it for you

Whether she has a face or no face – I will marry her
Hair or no hair - I will marry her
Feet or no feet – I will marry her

My wife leaves me because of money
When money comes, she wants to come back
A young lady who leaves you because of money
When money comes, she wants to come back



Ma mère m’a conseillé de quitter ma femme Kudi
Parce qu’elle ne nous donne pas d’enfant
Qu’elle ait un visage ou pas de visage – c’est ma femme
Enfant ou pas d’enfant - c’est ma femme
Seins ou pas de seins - c’est ma femme
Fesses ou pas de fesses - c’est ma femme

Si tu constates que ton homme ne peut pas vous donner un enfant
Je dis, viens me voir - Je m’en occupe

Viens me voir, viens me voir
Viens chez moi - Je le ferai pour toi

Qu’elle ait un visage ou pas de visage – c’est ma femme
Cheveux ou pas de cheveux – c’est ma femme
Pieds ou pas de pieds – c’est ma femme

Si ma femme me quitte parce que l'argent manque
Quand les finances vont mieux, elle veut revenir
Si une jeune femme te quitte parce que l'argent manque 
Quand tes finances vont mieux, elle veut revenir


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: Sherry Margolin
Backing Vocals: “Koko” Monique Ouadjah
Bass: Mawena Luc Montenary
Guitar: Julien Raulet
Trumpet: Bruno Gautheron
Tenor Sax: Roger Kom
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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