Image of The APOSTLES 7"


Academy Lps, working once again with Voodoo Funk, is proud to revive this long-lost 45 in time for Record Store Day. This is a fantastic two-sider of deep-n-dirty early 70's Afro-funk that has few peers. This is a truly deluxe release - fully licensed from the band, painstakingly remastered, pressed with UK style punch-out center and housed in a beautiful custom picture sleeve. Possibly the most deeply
funky RSD release ever!

Most Eastern Nigerians of a certain age hold a special place in their hearts for the music of The Apostles, the musical group based in the commercial city of Aba and best known for their string of folksy pop hits from the mid-1970s into the early 80s. More hardcore scenesters, though, may remember the band's more obscure early years as an unruly highlife-and-Congo music bar band, and their transformation into rugged soul outfit to replace departing hometown heroes The Funkees of Aba, who were getting set to relocate to London. Under the leadership of guitarist Walton Arungwa and fronted by singer Chyke Fussion Okoro, the Apostles of Aba (also known as The Apostles Rock Group of Nigeria) were quickly signed as the first pop act on the newly-formed, Aba-based BEN label. The group's first single "Down Down the Valley" b/w "Battery Rock" was a massive smash that financed the rapid expansion of BEN (which would eventually evolve into Clover Records). The Apostles' second BEN single--"Onye Akpa" b/w "Oshi Onwu"--while slightly more obscure was an even more intense funk workout. Having proven their mettle locally, the Apostles were then snapped up by EMI Records and began their reign as pop stalwarts. Their earliest recordings, however, remain a testament to their funky roots.

Limited edition (1500) custom color picture sleeve.
UK style punch out center.

A. Onye Akpa
B. Oshi Onwu

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