As a connoisseur of this grand old art called music I generally think I’ve heard pretty much every genre going. So you could guess when I heard about this band that were making, what the writer described as, ‘afro-beat soul’ I was pretty intrigued.
The band in question are The Lijadu Sisters, identical twin sisters Taiwo and Kehinde Lijadu, who decided to make forward thinking, funk, post-punk music in 1970s Nigeria, which, as you could imagine, was not an easy task. The sisters had to fight for their right to be heard and remembered, they have recently released a collection of their greatest hits, in an industry and decade that didn’t want to hear women sounding anything other than ‘nice’.
As you’d expect their sound could be described as many things but never ‘nice’. They sing the same thing at the same time throughout all their songs, which takes a while to get used to at first. Jagged guitars and nagging synths constantly weave themselves in and out of songs that are based around an steady, afrobeat rhythm. I know. It’s a lot to get you’re head around. Too many genres, too much to think about but stay with me here.