Thursday, April 27, 2006

Ukonu - Real Native

Here's a new one for ya. This is supposed to be a recording made by four African students (and one American) studying in the US whenever this was recorded (late 50s?). Lots of drums and flutes. From the liner notes:

Though his full name would hardly ever appear on a marquee, Anyaogu Elekwachi Ukonu is a young man of many talents. A pre-medical student at UCLA, Ukonu has appeared in three motion pictures since coming to this country, and having started drumming at the age of six, he has developed blinding speed and precision in his short twenty-three years. A member of the Ibo Tribe, Ukonu hails from Nigeria, West Africa and is the son of Chief Elekwachi. The leader of the group, Ukonu will return to his native land following the completion of his studies at UCLA and his internship in this country.

Other members of the group include Henry Palmer, a UCLA student from the Yoruba Tribe in Nigeria, West Africa; Alex Amatow, flutist from the African Gold Coast; John Ibloko, an engineering student at Loyola University and a cousin of Ukonu's; and Cecil Penrice, drummer and sanitary engineer from Santa Barbera.

I wonder how those guys met Cecil?

Authentic? Who knows.

I had some problems with this rip. The surface noise is strong on this LP and the music, being primarily drums and flute, does not override the noise all that well. I have some new editing software and tried to eliminate the background noise but I'm not completely happy with the results. There are some odd sound artifacts due to the noise reduction filter. My impression is from listening through headphones, however, and perhaps listening to the tracks over a regular speaker at home or in the car wouldn't sound so weird. I'd like some feedback on the sound quality if you don't mind.

Maybe you should read the next post before downloading this rip. Especially if you have a slow connection.

EDIT: Based upon your feedback I redid this rip without the noise reduction filter crap. Here it is.


Blogger julioxo said...

Me gusta mucha esta música

7:10 PM  
Anonymous said...

I saw this group perform informally in Westwood at a Frat party type affair. They played outside on the lawn in the evening. I was a teenager and already interested in percussion. Ukonu reeally turned me on.

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

around 1956

4:54 PM  
Blogger Igbobasics said...

I am currently working on Ukonu's Biography please contact email for comments or info

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Viagra Online said...

Real native, wow! I had the opportunity to listening one song and they're terrific, because I think the beast sounds we can get are the sounds of drums and flutes that's so spiritual.m10m

11:54 AM  
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Anonymous said...

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5:36 PM  
Blogger M said...

Ukonu is mentioned by Richard Feynman in the book 'Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman' with the same bio as mentioned here.

I found this by googling, as I was curious what had happened to him [Ukonu]

7:07 AM  
Blogger Igbobasics said...

Ukonu is alive and strong at 82 almost 83 years young now. A book and Documentary DVD titled Mazi Ukonu Journey From Medicine to Theatre Arts, Published by Media Works USA was Presented at Ukonu's Country Home in Igbere Nigeria in 2010. John Iboko is late.

7:36 PM  
Blogger Matt Whitby said...

I'm also here after reading the Feyman book.

3:04 PM  

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