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Celestine Ukwu - No Condition Is Permanent - New LP Record 2022 Mississippi Vinyl - Highlife

Celestine Ukwu - No Condition Is Permanent - New LP Record 2022 Mississippi Vinyl - Highlife

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1.
Ejina Uwa Nya Isi 
2.
Okwukwe Na Ncheckwube
3.
Onwunwa
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Ilo Abu Chi
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Tomorrow Is So Uncertain

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GORGEOUS, DEEP AND EXISTENTIAL 70s NIGERIAN HIGHLIFE

Of the many great talents of the classic Nigerian highlife scene, none contained the existential depth, transcendence and grace of Celestine Ukwu. During his brief time in this world, he pursued education, music, and philosophy; first as a school teacher, then ultimately a singer, lyricist and musician, first as a member of Gentleman Mike
Ejeagha's Premier Dance Band, and eventually fronting his own groups, The Music Royals and The Philosophers National. Beginning in the early 1970s, The Philosophers National established a radical shift in the possibilities of Nigerian highlife by moving away from the typical mid-century style and cutting a new path with a distinctly hypnotic and cerebral atmosphere. This sense of depth was apparent in the lilting, multi-layered and pulsing music of The Philosophers National, as well as the concise and clear-eyed lyrics sung so beautifully by Celestine Ukwu. The arrangements establish a living, breathing environment for each song; muted trumpet solos, hypnotic guitar runs, driving percussion; every instrument gracefully following a tide of patience, tranquility, wonder, climax, knowing and unknowing.

"Celestine ditched the jaunty dance rhythms and relatively facile lyrics typical of the reigning highlife tunes, and ignoring...  more

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releases August 5, 2022