Chief Brigadier Olu Oni and his Marathon System originally served up this heavy, off-kilter and truly marathon Juju record back in 1970 – and thankfully Klimt Records came through with the repress.
From the press-release:
“A traditional form of Nigerian popular music, Juju spreads from the ancient Yoruba percussion style and its first recordings can be dated back to the 1920s. Taking its name from the shamanic rituals of the southwestern regions, Juju evolved into a very popular musical genre in the ’60s and ’70s when artists of the caliber of King Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey (aka Chief Commander) took it to a new apex, blending traditional instruments – like the talking drum with elements of western music, such as the guitar.
Chief Brigadier Olu Oni adds to this extremely popular genre a hint of international elements, and this record has brought Juju beyond West Africa and into the rest of the world.”