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I.K. Dairo M.B.E. and His Blue Spots [extended]

  • Juju Master [Original Music, 1990] *
  • I Remember [Music of the World, 1991] A-
  • Ashiko [Xenophile, 1994] Neither
  • Definitive Dairo [Xenophile, 1996] **

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I.K. Dairo, M.B.E.: Juju Master [Original Music, 1990]
Ibadan circa 1963--a quiet revolution in a language you don't understand ("Omo Lanke") *

I Remember [Music of the World, 1991]
Two Nigerian album sides and four new six-minute moments by the 60-year-old singer-guitarist-accordionist, who in the 60s ruled Yoruba pop with innovations that made King Sunny and the rest of the modern juju possible--whereupon modern juju nearly ended his career. Then, in 1985, after a decade of mixed success as a hotelier and Christian preacher, Dairo returned. Inspired or chastened, he's learned to adapt, and though his arrangements aren't quite as intricate as the younger guys', some may prefer his old-fashioned songfulness. The two English-language market ploys remember his darling and "George Washington, Marcus Garvey/Booker Washington, Abraham Lincoln/John Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King." The Yoruba titles get the best tunes. And the album side "F'eso J'aiye" is modern juju at its most intricately delightful. A-

Ashiko [Xenophile, 1994] Neither

I.K. Dairo: Definitive Dairo [Xenophile, 1996]
1971--the juju patriarch still undefined ("Okin Omo Ni," "Labondo") **