Ikenga Super Stars of Africa

Nigeria Ikenga Super Stars of Africa

Album’s Overview
#1 nkengas-destruction.jpg 1973 [9, 35:41] Nkengas - Destruction (Orbitone OTO-05LP) studio • new music 5.19 “Below average” Disco / Funk; Africana
#2 the-nkengas-nkengas-in-london.jpg 1973 [5, 45:29] The Nkengas - Nkengas In London (Orbitone OTO-06LP) studio • new music 5.02 “Below average” Africana
#3 ikenga-super-stars-of-africa-ikenga-go-marry-me.jpg 1975 [2, 30:04] Ikenga Super Stars of Africa - Ikenga Go Marry Me (RAS ASALPS-2) studio mini • new music 6.85 “Good” Africana
#4 ikenga-super-stars-of-africa-anyi-ga-emeli-ekwensu.jpg 1975 [4, ??:??] Ikenga Super Stars of Africa - Anyi Ga Emeli Ekwensu (RAS ASALPS-3) studio • new music
#5 ikenga-super-stars-africa-peace-movement-social-club-nigeria.jpg 1976 [4, 36:59] Ikenga Super Stars of Africa - Peace Movement Social Club Of Nigeria (RAS ASALPS-5) studio mini • new music
#6 ikenga-super-stars-of-africa-nigeria-operation-feed-nation.jpg 1976 [2, 38:30] Ikenga Super Stars of Africa - Nigeria Operation Feed The Nation (RAS ASALPS-7) studio mini • new music
#7 ikenga-super-stars-of-africa-greedy-man.jpg 1977 [5, 35:25] Ikenga Super Stars of Africa - Greedy Man (RAS ASALPS-9) studio • new music
#8 ikenga-super-stars-of-africa-late-celestine-ukwu-special.jpg 1977 [2, 36:46] Ikenga Super Stars of Africa - Late Celestine Ukwu Special (RAS ASALPS-12) studio mini • new music 6.70 “Good” Africana
#9 ikenga-super-stars-of-africa-money-ya-man.jpg 1977 [5, 35:20] Ikenga Super Stars of Africa - Money Ya Man (RAS ASALPS-15) studio • new music
#10 ikenga-super-stars-of-africa-africa-is-our-home.jpg 1978 [4, 39:19] Ikenga Super Stars of Africa - Africa Is Our Home (Afrodisia DWAPS-2063) studio mini • new music
#11 ikenga-super-stars-of-africa-onye-weli-we.jpg 1978 [4, 37:53] Ikenga Super Stars of Africa - Onye Weli We (Afrodisia DWAPS-2068) studio mini • new music
#12 ikenga-super-stars-of-africa-egwu-agana.jpg 1978 [3, ??:??] Ikenga Super Stars of Africa - Egwu Agana (RAS ASALPS-29) studio • new music
#13 ikenga-super-stars-of-africa-nke-onye-asoa.jpg 1981 [2, ??:??] Ikenga Super Stars of Africa - Nke Onye Asoa (Afrodisia DWAPS-2114) studio • new music
#14 ikenga-super-stars-of-africa-nwa-enwe-nne.jpg 1981 [2, ??:??] Ikenga Super Stars of Africa - Nwa Enwe Nne (Afrodisia DWAPS-2150) studio • new music
#15 ikenga-super-stars-of-africa-ikengas-in-search-of-peace.jpg 1984 [3, 38:21] Ikenga Super Stars of Africa - Ikengas In Search Of Peace 0.000.png (review pending upload) (RAS ASALPS-56) studio mini • new music
#16 ikenga-super-stars-of-africa-war-against-indiscipline.jpg 1984 [3, 37:07] Ikenga Super Stars of Africa - War Against Indiscipline (RAS ASALPS-65) studio mini • new music
date.png 05-Sep-2014
notes.png The end. Group thought to be retired, although it’s not entirely clear when. The vast majority of their LPs are untitled. Where this is the case, to save confusion, I have opted to use the names of the first tracks instead.

ikenga-super-stars-of-africa-african-unity.jpg 1983 [3, 45:28] Ikenga Super Stars of Africa - African Unity (RAS ASALPS-48) studio • compilation
notes.png Random list, no intention to be complete.


The Ikenga Super Stars of Africa, led by Vincent Okoroego, a former member of Steven Osita Osadebe’s Nigeria Sound Makers were a leading Igbo “guitar highlife” group of the seventies and eighties in Nigeria. The Ikengas called their style of music “Ikwokilikwo”, a fast-paced form of highlife popularized by Oliver de Coque and Godwin Kabaka Opara of the Oriental Brothers, amongst others.

The band went on to record several LP’s, while establishing themselves as one of the most beloved Nigerian groups of all time, not only in their homeland but across Africa and in Europe as well.

It has long been rumored that “Nkengas in London” was an Osita Osadebe master tape hijacked by Okoroego and other members of the Nigeria Sound Makers who defected in the early seventies. Absent any evidence to the contrary, this seems likely. “Nkengas in London” sounds not at all like other Ikengas recordings, for instance, “Ikenga in Africa.” The vocals, the instrumentation, even the spoken comments at the beginning of the songs, are all classic Osadebe.

The Ikengas have had numerous personnel changes and defections over the years and while they were basically an “Igbo” group, over time they took on a broader character, enlisting musicians from other ethnic groups and Cameroun. In this sense they were part of a broader movement in Nigerian music in the late seventies and early eighties that I call “Pidgin Highlife,” a trend that included artists like Prince Nico Mbarga who sang mainly in “pidgin” or “broken” English rather than vernacular languages. As this genre faded away in the early eighties, so did the Ikengas.

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