In the early 1970s The Funkees were the number-one east Nigerian band and the only outfit to seriously challenge the popular Lagos based rock combos MonoMono and BLO. Stoking the dancefloor was the young band’s first priority and The Funkees were often playing through the night, seven days a week.  Formed at the tail end of the Nigerian civil war by Harry Mosco Agada, the band played for the army’s 12th Brigade in Aba and went through a rapid series of membership changes in search of the perfect line-up. Their success brought interest from the UK where the band established a fierce reputation on London’s live circuit, as well as recording two seminal albums, before breaking up in 1977 amidst some controversy.

Sonny Akpan