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by Beautiful Nubia and the Roots Renaissance Band

Infectuous, high-spirited modern African music inspired by ancient traditional rhythms
Genre: World: African
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  Song Share Time Download
1. How do you do? (Owuro L'ojo)
Beautiful Nubia
5:59 $0.99
2. Jangbalajugbu
Beautiful Nubia
5:00 $0.99
3. Keep 'em Moving
Beautiful Nubia
3:51 $0.99
4. What can man do?
Beautiful Nubia
5:10 $0.99
5. Pass de Kalabash
Beautiful Nubia
3:43 $0.99
6. Tropical Spice
Beautiful Nubia
4:17 $0.99
7. What a feeling!
Beautiful Nubia
5:43 $0.99
8. The Small People's Anthem
Beautiful Nubia
6:32 $0.99
9. Seven Lifes
Beautiful Nubia
6:31 $0.99
10. The People Are Ready
Beautiful Nubia
5:01 $0.99
11. Ma ba won so
Beautiful Nubia
5:32 $0.99
12. Baba Mimo
Beautiful Nubia
6:12 $0.99
13. What will it take?
Beautiful Nubia
3:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
"One of the best things to have happened to contemporary music in Nigeria... a rare creator of rich sounds and a gifted performer."
(Steve Ayorinde, The Punch, January 21, 2005)

"Nigeria's King of Melody!"
(Chux Ohai, National Mirror, September 1, 2006)

Beautiful Nubia is one of the leading lights of new Nigerian music. With his 14-member Roots Renaissance Band, he fuses ancient Yoruba folk rhythms and contemporary urban influences to create a highly original and engaging blend that is solidified by exceptional songwriting and sweet, soulful vocals. Performed in both English and Yoruba, the songs are loaded with universal social and political messages. Beautiful Nubia has been described as, "One of those who have come to redeem the image of traditional African music"- The Vanguard (Nigeria, 2001).

JANGBALAJÙGBÚ, BN's third music album, was recorded at the historic Afrodisia (Decca) Studios in April/May 2002 and features 13 songs written in Yoruba and English and arranged by Beautiful Nubia (Segun Akinlolu). It was recorded live to multitrack - a conscious decision by Beautiful Nubia as a throwback to the sounds of the 1970's, a beautiful decade for Nigerian music.

The album showcases the exceptional songwriting talent of the artist, as well as his sweet, soulful vocals, and highlights the dexterity of his youthful 14-member Roots Renaissance Band. It is also a testament to the experience and versatility of the audio engineering crew led by seasoned Johnson Ademilokun.

The 13 songs on the album exemplify the strong, positive message-music that Beautiful Nubia is becoming known for. All the songs address issues of concern to the common people: "The Small People's Anthem" contrasts how common Nigerians live in comparison to the excess wealth of their leaders while the first track, "How do you do? (Owuro L'ojo)", is a song of inspiration. Owuro L'ojo is a Yoruba saying that means 'The morning makes the day' - that every day is a fresh start, every opportunity a new beginning. Many of the other songs, like "Seven Lifes", celebrate African culture, values and spirituality.

The analog recording is earthy and subdued and has a bittersweet effect on the ear. The listener can imagine that they are hearing, for the first time, music from the past and yet, there is nothing static about BN's music. The style is refreshingly new.



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Sound job!
Great job, keep it up. I would add the track what a feeling to my growing library of good background music for yoruba engagement ceremonies and it will infact top the chart - Unfortunately I got the CD on my way back after my wedding. Sad isnt it?

students embassy academy alagbado

ride on, it is a real african beat .u are too much
from d first track to d last track it shows real african. you are a true son of d soil .it givesssssssss me sense of belonging.

fapetu olasumbo

owuro lojo
I so much appreciate the fact that we still have some one like beautiful nubia in our present society. someone who blends creativity with good melody. He is really a genius. I so much love owuro lojo and oh! what a feeling. in fact i love all his album. keep up d good work!

Damilola Olorunto

i am proud of you any where in the world
i love this song it really tells us about African culture as a hole

ahmed bello

i luv to listen to ur music cos it makes me feel on top of d world
This cd is a nice one it makes me feel coollllllllll


you've done a great are a great man as you've said in one of your songs.and indeed a typical african.keep it up.


Fruit Of A Genius
I received the CDs a week ago and I've been listening since. Words I heard about Nubia has been nothing but great, so great I bought three albums. All the CDs are nothing but fruits of a genius.


i want to hear your new realse

Bola Ariyo

I am greatly impressed by ur music. U always make my day.
Your voice is very peculiar i have not seen two of its kind. wish to know u better. Honestly speaking u have really inspaired me a lot. I LOVE UR MUSIC.
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