The PuristArtist: Nkengas
Release: Destruction
Label: Orbitone Records
Release Date: June 2013
Picked by: Craig Evans – Label Manager

A real cult classic… ‘Destruction’ by the Nkengas originally hit the streets in 1973, recorded in London at the legendary Orbitone Studio’s and produced by legendary reggae producer Sonny Roberts. It showcases Nigerian music at its best and is overflowing with heavy Afro-beat, Afro-rock, and gritty highlife. After the recording sessions, the band returned to Nigeria and became known as the Ikenga Super Stars of Africa, finding much success in West Africa. Despite their later popularity, the heights of funky rawness in this early effort were seldom duplicated. One of the best re-issue’s heard in modern times!  – Craig Evans