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Muyei Power or Orchestre Muyei (muyei means 'our country') was one of the top dance bands of the1970's in Sierra Leone. Soundway Records' first collection of music from this West African country ('Muyei Power: Sierra Leone in 1970's USA') is an album of rock-infused, 'afro' music from a group that traveled the world throughout the mid 1970's. Fusing elements of electric Congolese and Nigerian music with fast, syncopated, uptempo modernised arrangements of traditional music, Muyei Power produced a series of unique single-only releases that have been unavailable for 35 years. The rare recordings featured here are a glimpse of a dynamic and powerful band at the very height of its powers. Even though lyrically Orchestre Muyei focused on traditional themes and songs, the arrangements and formulation of the instrumental side of things still very much reflected the mixed nature of urban Sierra Leone music, exemplified by a small collection of bands that also included Afro National, Sabanoh 75 and Super Combo.

Tracklisting

  • Wali Bena
  • Be Patient
  • Ben Ben Bee
  • Bi Loko
  • Yamba Sowe
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