Academy is proud to announce the debut of it's Academy Special Single series in conjunction with Voodoo Funk (Frank Gossner). All 45s will come in deluxe custom designed picture sleeves, have original "punch out" style records and will feature the rarest and best African 45s Frank has turned up in his years of digging in Africa. This, as all the singles in this series, will be strictly limited to 1000 copies.
First up is a single by Stoneface and Life Everlasting - "Love Is Free" b/w "Agawalam Mba". Stoneface was already a veteran of the Nigerian music scene when he formed this band and cut this (their only) 45 in 1973. Starting with the Tall Men in the mid 60's, Stoneface was soon asked to join the Postmen with legendary guitarist Goddy Oku and the great Sonny Okosuns. After a stint in the Hygrades he formed his own group with Kingsley "Dallas" Anyanwu (from the high school band Dee-Mites), lead guitarist Maurice "Jackie Moore" Anyaorah (from Salt & Pepper Organisation), rhythm guitarist Roy Obika and bassist Jimi Henshaw--and formed Life Everlasting.
This single is a fantastic two-sider - "Love Is Free" is a gritty Psych-Rock tune with a trippy guitar solo while "Agawalam Mba" is a bulldozing Afro-Funk tune with gravelly vocals and heavy fuzz guitar. An incredibly rare and great single rescued from obscurity by Academy/Voodoo Funk!"
Debut release of the ACADEMY/VOODOO FUNK SPECIAL SINGLE series.
Limited edition (1000) picture sleeve 7".
Less than 5 original copies known worldwide.
A. Love Is Free
B. Agawalam Mba