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by Abp Ikwunga

Afrobeat poetry, rhythmic, funky, danceable food for thought.
Genre: World: Afro-Beat
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Kola Nut
7:31 album only
2. Al-Hassan Pohemu
5:52 album only
3. Kut Short
8:25 album only
4. Pipe
5:55 album only
5. Di Sound of Resistance
7:26 album only
6. Sonny Lettah
8:23 album only
7. Phalse Profet (For Dora Akunyili)
8:37 album only
8. 1dld (1day Like Dat)
5:09 album only
9. Al-Hassan Pohemu (419ers Remix)
5:47 album only
10. The 3rd House
0:53 album only
11. Return to Rebisi
0:52 album only
12. One Step At a Time (For Omasiri)
3:06 album only
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Album Notes
Dibia = African traditional healer-diviner…“Dibia: A Book of Afrobeat Poems by Ikwunga” is the 3rd CD by the originator of Afrobeat poetry, the 1st Afrobeat poet (aka Abp), Ikwunga. In the mid-80s, as a member of the “What?” band at the University of Port Harcourt, Ikwunga developed a beat-poetry style. By the early 90s, he had become a regular opening act for Femi Kuti and Dele Sosimi's "Positive Force Band" at their Sunday jump concerts at Afrika Shrine, which is where he fused Afrobeat into his evolving beat-poetry style.

The Abp’s 1st CD "Calabash: Afrobeat Poems by Ikwunga Vol.1" was produced by Dele Sosimi (former musical director of Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80 Band, and co-founder of Femi Kuti’s Positive Force Band). Abp’s 2nd CD "Deep Sleep" was a collaboration with the phenomenal Canadian Afrobeat band and 2007 JUNO Award nominees, "Mr. Something Something". Deep Sleep was No 1 on the Canadian music charts for 6 straight weeks, & was voted best World music CD for 2007 in Canada on the Earshot “International” Chart. Furthermore, the Afrobeat poems on Deep Sleep were translated into Japanese and re-released in Japan, by a Japanese label.

Physician-poet Ikwunga’s tracks have featured on several afrobeat compilations - Di Bombs (Calabash), was on the Afrobeat Sudan Aid Project (ASAP) compilation CD (Apple iTunes & Modiba Productions, 2004). ASAP raised over $180,000 to benefit victims of the genocide in Darfur, Sudan: Di Bombs was the major download on the ASAP CD (40%). Di Bombs was also a soundtrack for “Kassim the Dream”, an award-winning movie about Kassim Ouma, the former Ugandan child soldier who became the USBA light middleweight champion. The movie was produced by Kief Davidson, producer of the critically acclaimed movie, “The Devil’s Miner” & co-produced by Forest Whitaker.

Other compilations that have featured Abp’s work include, Essential Afrobeat, Rough Guide to Afrobeat Revival, 37th State, Indestructible African Beats, & many more. Ikwunga & afrobeat poetry were featured at the prestigious Banff-Calgary WordFest International Writers Festival, Canada, October 2008. On Dibia, Ikwunga has again teamed up with Dele Sosimi, Femi Elias, & Chima Eze (artwork) & John MacLean & Phil Dawson, to deliver an Abp experience; a contemporary collection of compelling & rhythmic Afrobeat poems that are a must read & danceable food for thought on matters important to Africa and our global village…counterfeit medications, need for equal education of females and males, global water crisis, & more. Some proceeds from Dibia go to support the OLG Health Foundation & Autism Centre in Nigeria.



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