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Oliver Nayoka - Aja Wele Wele

by Igbo Highlife from Nigeria

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dejavoodoo44 Chancing on gems like this is why I love Bandcamp. His guitar playing is reminiscent of African luminaries, like K. Frimpong, Syran Mbenza and most notably, King Sunny Ade. And like Ade's music, it does have certain Ju Ju elements: multi-layered percussion; guitars snaking around that percussion and the occasional uplifting burst of brass. All of which somehow blend together, to make a totally gorgeous whole.
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globalgogoradio Global A Go-Go's #8 new album of 2021. Igbo highlife at its most addictive. Favorite track: Uwa Bia Kirike Nayoka (The world come and behold Nayoka).
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Sensacional !! exclusivo !! nuestro primer disco grabado completamente en Nigeria .
OLIVER NAYOKA and his Band 'The Talented fellows of Africa'

Nigerian singer and guitarist, Oliver Nayoka, born Okwudili Oliver Anisiobi from Ekwulummili, Nnewi south of Anambra State, Nigeria, rose to prominence within the country and its diaspora with his resonating vocal and rare heavy guitar expertise which he does a lot of fusion with.

Nayoka's style of music was influenced by the Legendary Sunday Akalite popularly known as ' Oliver Decoque'. His heavy Congolese guitar expertise is a skill he believes was passed down to him from Decoque. The singer stated that he was inspired at an early stage of life by Decoque's music, a Legend he would have called his alter ego in a very different pleasant situation and an icon he reverence so much. As the next highlife master guitarist after Oliver Decoque, Nayoka has released applaudable hit songs that have reached his audience via audio and video medium. He has and is still working hard to reshape the history and conception of highlife thereby earning himself the name, 'Jimi Hendrix of highlife'.

Nayoka at an early stage of life started playing the guitar, a skill he self-developed due to his undiminished passion and intense practices. His musical accolades sprung up from when he first started in the year 1993 till date.
He started off playing the guitar from church to church in Anambra State, Nigeria and due to some financial restraints, he traveled to Warri for his apprenticeship with the intent of starting up a business afterwards, a fruitless effort that took away eight years out of his musical life which according to the singer was not regretted since it has helped to sum up his experiences of life. His first debut as a singer took place in Warri, Delta State and in the year 2006.

Nayoka started his band, 'Talented fellows’ band of Africa', a band that has waxed strong alongside him as the lead singer. When asked why his band has proven to be distinct from other bands, the singer summed it up in three words; "Passion, Practice and Consistency". He further said that it wasn't easy the first time they made a debut but over the years, the journey has been a smooth paddle and the plan to leave behind a perpetual musical dynasty.

Nayoka is not only an acclaimed singer but an energetic performer who always holds the interests of his audience at his grip when on stage. His master handling of the strings has and is still proving to be an enigma to his audience's perception. His works have been recognized all over the nation and beyond and from his story, it is believed that passion, hard work and persistence have played huge roles to his attained success so far.
Speaking on the challenges faced as a singer, Nayoka affirmed that it hasn't been easy balancing family life and musical career but he is ever grateful that the strength to be quite responsible has never been found diminishing.
Nayoka is a household name that has come to stay for Aeon’s of time to come. The awe- inspiring guitar handling and meritorious band will continue to be appreciated and applauded as they keep flooding the media with hit songs where his video contents on Facebook have hit over five (5) million views.
Nayoka is presently working on a new album which he can't wait to share with every lover of good music.

1. Ụwa Bịa kiribe Nayoka(The world come and behold Nayoka)
2. Aja Wele-wele (Smooth sailing)
3. Obi Cubana (Obi Cubana)
4. Oche dị mma. (Beautiful seat)
5. Ogene sound system
6. Egwu m bụ ogene (My music is gong)
7. Ụwa Amalugom(The world has known me)
8. Chi m Ọme ọgọ.(My Gracious God)
9. Njiri mara mụ bụ Egwu(Music is my identity)

Recorded in Upright Studio Onitsha, Nigeria
by Upright Onwuka.

Project Production Company: Odogwu Entertainment & Palenque Records

Executive Producers: Nnamdi Moweta and Lucas Silva.

Associate Producer / A&R: Kenechukwu Ibedu

All songs written and performed by Oliver Nayoka.

All songs mixed and mastered by Upright Onwuka.

Album art designed by Onyedikachukwu Ibedu


released October 28, 2021

Oliver Nayoka : Lead Guitar and vocals

Unadike Dozie David : lead guitar

Somadina Eric Anusionwu :Keyboardist 🎹

Ibekwe Chimezie Chukwudimma : lead guitarist 🎸

Egemba Elijah Chukwudalu : Drummer

Onuigbo Innocent Onyekachi : Backup up/ chorus singer 🎤

Obinna Mmaduabuchukwu Anisiobi : bassist / bass guitarist 🎸

Chidiebere Valentine Nwabuneli : Congarist


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