The Lagos disco of the ‘Queen of Nigerian Television’: rare tracks by Julie Coker are reissued at last by Kalita Records

Kalita Records continue their label’s exceptional selection of fully authorised reissues – this time delivering the first collection of Julie Coker’s back catalogue on  A Life In The Limelight: Lagos Disco and Itsekiri Highlife.

Coker was the queen of Nigerian television, after gaining fame as Miss Western Nigeria in 1957. Her career began in the Nigerian entertainment industry as the country’s first ever (and Africa’s second) female television presenter, as well as a popular national radio host.

Chris Webb, of Kalita, explains: “In 1976, having been surrounded by close musical friends including Fela Kuti and Kris Okotie, Julie entered the Nigerian music scene with the now-invisible psychedelic highlife album Ere Yon (Sweet Songs), followed in 1981 by the highly sought-after disco-centric Tomorrow to great acclaim. Both now fetch eye-watering prices on the rare occasion that they become available for sale.

“Here we select four recordings from Ere Yon and three from Tomorrow, all as contemporary-sounding today as they were when first released 40 years ago.”

Anderson Paak recently sampled Ere Yon on his latest album Oxnard, released on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath imprint.

“In partnership with Julie, we now believe the time is right to share Julie’s phenomenal story and music with the world once more,” Chris adds.

As described, this is the first ever release celebrating the musical career of Julie Coker and includes extensive interview-based liner notes and never-before-seen photos.

World Treasures Music on KMAH Radio: Matsuli Music feature

Music from Jacob Mafuleni and Gary Gritness, plus more, as well as a feature on South African jazz specialists Matsuli Music in the second half.

Tracklist below and a link to listen too if you missed it live.

Batanidzo EP – Jacob Mafuleni and Gary Gritness

Gary Gritness

Pacific Express – Black Fire (reissued by Matsuli Music)

World Treasures Music is on KMAH Radio every fortnightly Thursday, 2pm until 4pm (GMT).

Jacob Mafuleni & Gary Gritness – Mweya We Chikoni

Gang Machado – Hoje Não Saiu Daqui (Minkle Edit)

Jacob Mafuleni & Gary Gritness – Mukuru

Rick Asikpo – Jam (Minkle Edit)

Jacob Mafuleni & Gary Gritness – Nyama Iekougotcha

Julie Coker – Gossiper Scandal Monger (Minkle Repair Edit)

Piero Umiliani – Chaser (Minkle’s Dennis Edit)

Tony Igiettemo – Feel So Good (Kirk Edit)

Black Disco – Night Express (reissued by Matsuli Music)

Derrick Gripper – Kaira (Peace) (reissued by Matsuli Music)

Batsumi – Lishonile (reissued by Matsuli Music)

The Soul Jazzmen – Inhlupeko (reissued by Matsuli Music)

Noikho Xaba And The Natives – Nomusa (reissued by Matsuli Music)

Dick Khoza – Chapita (reissued by Matsuli Music)

Jacob Mafuleni & Gary Gritness – Mayarira

Jacob Mafuleni & Gary Gritness – Zvichapera