Jambos Express - Mother Africa

For those of us who grew up in Lagos in the 90's, I am pretty sure we are farmiliar with this group and their hit single "Mother Africa" from the album with the same title.  The group was formed in 1986 by four men ,Prince Bola Agbana (the lead vocalist) Sam Abiloye (on guitar), Ottay  Ehima (Bass guitar) and Mosco Egbe (The drummer). The group released this album in 1987  and the music video to this track was frequently played back in the day on NTA Channel 5.

The group played a mixture of various genres from calypso to raggae. The group however suffered a temporary set back in 1989 when Prince Bola left to pursue a solo career. He released a popular single called Are Mambo. Judo George later joined the group for their sophmore album titled "Second Coming", which they recorded in 1989.

In 1993, Jambos Express was signed by a U.S based recording company (G.M Records) to embark on a tour of the US and Canada for 3 months. This tour later morphed into the group members taking shelter in the states for some years.

Sam Abiloye is still very active in the nigerian music industry as he is back in naija  and currently a pastor.

Here is the groups' debut album "Mother Africa"........Enjoy!

KUSH - The Experience

KUSH (Kinetically Ushering Salvation into Homes), was a quartet of three ladies and a guy- Emem Ema (Mem’O), Lara George, Toyin Sokefun (TY Bello) and Dapo Torimiro. Their debut album which was released by DKG Music in 2002 (It sadly remains their only album) was titled '' The Experience'' and it received critical reviews. Their style of music was a radical departure from what obtained on the Nigerian Gospel Music scene. Lara’s sultry voice, Ty’s sassy hair style and Emem’s rap lyrics gave the group a good mix of talents.

KUSH was a gospel group that was international in outlook, yet Nigerian enough not to be dismissed as an African-American initiative. The songs in '' The Experience '' which were well produced and arranged sounded heavenly. It was really an experience listening to the album. Tracks like '' Lets Live Together '', '' Tic Tac Toe'', ''Angels'', '' Pretty Brown Eyes '', '' La La '' et al became classics in the hearts of the group's fans.

The group broke up around 2004 for reasons not officially disclosed, but fans of KUSH (myself included) were not happy about the break up. I believe the urban gospel group should have stuck together and would have made much impact over the years, than what they are achieving individually at the moment.

Lara George is doing great as a solo gospel artist, so is TY and Emem created and runs a pioneer creative arts management company called “ONE Integrated management. Dapo on the other hand is now a music producer.

Here is their debut and only album “The Experience” ….Enjoy!