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Kalita Records

Julie Coker - A Life In The Limelight LP

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Kalita are honoured to release the first ever compilation focusing on the musical career of Julie Coker, the queen of Nigerian television. Here we collate seven of Julie��_�s most sought-after Afro disco and hauntingly-beautiful Itsekiri highlife recordings, accompanied by extensive interview-based liner notes and never-beforeseen photos.

After gaining fame as Miss Western Nigeria 1957, Julie began her career in the Nigerian entertainment industry as the country��_�s first ever (and Africa��_�s second) female television presenter, as well as a popular national radio host.

In 1976, having been surrounded by close musical friends including Fela Kuti and Kris Okotie, Julie entered the Nigerian music scene with the now-invisible psychedelic highlife album ��_��_��_Ere Yon (Sweet Songs)��_�, followed in 1981 by the highly sought-after disco-centric ��_��_��_Tomorrow��_� to great acclaim. Both now fetch eye-watering prices on the rare occasion that they become available for sale.

Here we select four recordings from ��_��_��_Ere Yon (Sweet Songs)��_� and three from ��_��_��_Tomorrow��_�, all as contemporary-sounding today as they were when first released forty years ago. These include Julie��_�s ��_��_��_Ere Yon��_�, which was recently re-interpreted by Anderson Paak on his latest album ��_��_��_Oxnard��_� released on Dr. Dre��_�s Aftermath imprint, and the lost Afro disco classic ��_��_��_Gossiper Scandal Monger��_�.