It’s kind of crazy for an artist as little known—or as under-appreciated—as Alhaji Waziri Oshomah to get a box set.
But when we heard Waziri’s Volume Series—five serial, creatively titled records that he put out in the late seventies and early eighties—we realized there was an opportunity to go really deep on an artist, to discover something new, and give someone’s music the attention it has long deserved.
Vol. 1 -5 (1978-1984) spans the years when Waziri’s music was at its funkiest and most spiritually potent. He wrote most of it during the years leading up to and after his first hajj. It’s not only emblematic of his whole career, but it’s a window into a very particular moment of Nigerian music and history. And then there was the book! This wonderful thing of sixty-some pages with photos, letters and stories that his kids made for him when he turned 60.
We don’t usually put our records on sale, but we wanted to give you something to do while you’re watching back-to-back games of the World Cup. (And besides, don’t we all need a break right now?): Free shipping for those of you who live in the U.S., UK, and Europe.
Order here if you’re in the U.S., and here if you’re in the UK or Europe.
Deal begins Friday and ends at some random point in the near-ish future.
P.S. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate right now, here’s one idea: