Peter King – Miliki Sound / LP
Miliki Sound has been on the wants list of many afro-funk collectors for decades by virture of its opening track, Jo Jolo, which is a blistering brassy groove of afro-power. It’s mastermind, the multi-instrumentalist Peter King, arrived in London in 1961, at the tender age of 23, to study music at Trinity College, and, through the 60s and 70s, formed a number of different bands. 1975 found him tied in with the London-based Orbitone imprint, which issued mainly West Indian and African music. From there came Miliki Sound, which made little impact in Nigeria but found favour in London. Its small run of copies soon disappeared, making this a welcome replica CD and vinyl reissue from Mr Bongo. Aside from the funky opening track, the remaining five are more highlife-based cuts that still move along at a steady pace, with plenty of light and shade courtesy of King and his instruments. Where there are vocals, they’re sung in Nigerian, with a vocal resemblance and style very similar to Tony Allen’s. Collectors can finally get themselves a copy – and not have to pay through the nose for it, either.