From the mid 70’s till the early 90’s Reggae Music was the most prominent and commercially viable genres in the Nigerian music hemisphere. The industry churned out a host of iconic and revered Reggae Musicians including Victor Essiet, Orits Wiliki, Majek Fashek, Evi Edna Ogholi, Peterside Otong, Daniel Wilson, Alex Zitto and Isaac Black. Pazy and The Black Hippies were also major contributors to the scene and released their critically acclaimed sophomore album Wa Ho Ha in 1979, an album that is widely considered to be one of the musical masterpieces of the Reggae Music genre.
Originally from Southern Nigeria’s Benin City, Edire “Pazy” Etinagbedia and his band The Black Hippies released their second LP, Wa Ho Ha on EMI Nigeria in 1978 building on a body of work that effectively glides between these styles creating an incredibly unique record that has become a cult classic. Wa Ho Ha features Pazy and his Black Hippies engaged in call and response vocal anthems all backed by incredibly deep rock steady grooves and Afrobeat rhythms filled with funky horns and psychedelic guitar accents. Recorded in the legendary EMI Nigeria studios, Wa Ho Ha typifies the 70s Nigerian sound enthusiasts the world over have come to know and love, but puts an inimitable twist on it.
The first single from Wa Ho Ha titled Comfort me Jahoja, can be enjoyed below on this weeks episode of Retro Sounds.