Effi Duke & The Love Family

Mr. Love

  • Label PMG
  • Genre African
  • Released 08/05/16
  • Cat no PMG 011LP

Includes download code. Reissue of Effi Duke & The Love Family's Mr. Love, originally released in 1980. Nigeria had a unique music scene which began spreading rapidly in the 1970s. The era was based on unspoiled use of fuzz pedal, keyboards and indisputable influences of the psychedelic blues bands of the West. In 1980, Effi Duke & The Love Family came out with their debut Mr. Love. It was released by Homzy Records which was a home of many Afro-funk records, going strong from mid '70s toward '80s. Mr. Love was one of the label's most energetic albums. The '80s were definitely more into a jazzy sound with disco slowly infiltrating the African music scene. What's so unique about Mr. Love is Effi Duke's love for guitar-based jazz and together with African rhythms and funky bass. His album is a funk/jazz/disco hybrid. He's an incredible guitarist and also at the time of this LP, an ex-Wings member. They were one of the most popular bands from Nigeria. Effi Duke was a key part of the scene with being member of The Wings, The Visitors, The Apostles, he played also the guitars on Mary Afi Usuah's fantastic second LP African Woman (PMG 014CD/LP, 1978) and on many other great albums including the incredible Folk 77 album, Muzik (1978)