about the record

Abuja is an EP release extracted from a lost ’93 CD only album by famed Nigerian artist ‘Jay U Xperience’.

Jay U Xperience is the pseudonym of acclaimed Nigerian musician Justus Nkwane. His first release ‘Enough Is Enough’ was a heavy blend of psychedelic rock and funk epitomizing 1977 and yet foreshadows Justus’ experimental and genre-spanning inquisitiveness. Justus wouldn’t record another album until 1993 while living in New York City. Here he emerged with ‘Ancestral Call’, an album that he describes as a “once in a lifetime event”, something from his “inner spiritual guts”.

Equipped with a Roland R-5 drum machine and a Roland U-20 synthesizer to extract melodies he was able to create tunes that encapsulated contemporary technology with timeless traditional African rhythms, creating a work that sounds just as relevant today as it did then. Tracks like ‘Back To Motherland’ & ‘Ancestral Call’ personify this sound, while ‘Okokobioko’, is an onomatopoeic excursion in losing yourself to the rhythm, the EP is then rounded off with the title track ‘Abuja’, a ghostly striped back piece.

  1. A1 - Back To Motherland 6:13
  2. A2 - Ancestral Call 8:00
  3. B1 - Okokobioko 6:40
  4. B2 - Abuja 6:22

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  1. A1 - Back To Motherland 6:13
  2. A2 - Ancestral Call 8:00
  3. B1 - Okokobioko 6:40
  4. B2 - Abuja 6:22

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about the record

Abuja is an EP release extracted from a lost ’93 CD only album by famed Nigerian artist ‘Jay U Xperience’.

Jay U Xperience is the pseudonym of acclaimed Nigerian musician Justus Nkwane. His first release ‘Enough Is Enough’ was a heavy blend of psychedelic rock and funk epitomizing 1977 and yet foreshadows Justus’ experimental and genre-spanning inquisitiveness. Justus wouldn’t record another album until 1993 while living in New York City. Here he emerged with ‘Ancestral Call’, an album that he describes as a “once in a lifetime event”, something from his “inner spiritual guts”.

Equipped with a Roland R-5 drum machine and a Roland U-20 synthesizer to extract melodies he was able to create tunes that encapsulated contemporary technology with timeless traditional African rhythms, creating a work that sounds just as relevant today as it did then. Tracks like ‘Back To Motherland’ & ‘Ancestral Call’ personify this sound, while ‘Okokobioko’, is an onomatopoeic excursion in losing yourself to the rhythm, the EP is then rounded off with the title track ‘Abuja’, a ghostly striped back piece.

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