Nigerian afrobeat multi instrumentalist Peter King originally recorded today’s song in 1974. Featuring as the title track to Shango, this epic record remained unreleased for nearly 30 years even though King released five albums after this one!
Headed by King, who wrote and played saxophone and flute, the band included David Williams on bass, Paul Edoh on congas, James Menin on drums, Arthur Simon on guitar, Mike Falana on trumpet and Humphrey Okoh-Turner on alto sax. Together they fused funk, jazz and afrobeat and added hard-hitting vocal messages including calls for freedom in Africa.
Shango finally got released in 2002, by which point King had returned to his homeland to found the Peter King College of Music and continue his lifelong dedication to seeing “how far I can go with Highlife fusion.” Considered to be one of King’s finest, most refined works, the album has stood the test of time and was re-issued by Brighton’s Mr Bongo 2013 as part of their Classic African Recordings Series. Check out Shango above.