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Jimmy Scott!

Origins of the Beatle song Ob-La-di-Ob-la-da!
Jimmy Scott played congas with Ambrose Campbell in Soho Clubs in the 1950s and probably into the 1960s as well.
Oladipupo Adekoya (Alias Ambrose) Campbell was born in Lagos, Nigeria. His interest in the local West African palm wine music that eventually evolved into different genres of  highlife, juju and other forms was just the beginning of his innovation and talent. A lot of respectable African musicians cite him as their main inspiration.

It didn't stop there, he arrived in Britain during World War II and by the late forties to the early fifties was resident at Abalabi Club which later became Ronnie Scotts.

Paul first heard the words 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da' uttered by Nigerian conga player Jimmy Scott, whom he met at the Bag o' Nails club in Soho, London. A flamboyant and unforgettable character in dark glasses and African clothing, Scott was renowned for his catch phrases: "He used these phrases every day of his life,&qu…

Abdul Tee-Jay

The Music of West Africa:
Before electric guitars and amplifiers, big band and highlife, acoustic palm wine music was popular and was one of the main traditional forms of music played across West Africa.
In a lot of palm wine bars, a traditional box (thumb piano) called Agidigbo in western Nigeria was played by musicians. Then came the acoustic guitar versions of the same music and palm wine music naturally evolved into something special. 
Palm wine music is still popular throughout West Africa. In Sierra Leone, it's known as Maringa. First popularised by Ebenezer Calendar and his Maringa Band. It never stopped evolving with the times.
Abdul Tee-Jay has blended the various African forms. Highlife, Milo Jazz, Makossa, Soukous and Benga, incorporating all these styles to create his own particular unique sound with his band Rokoto.

Gumbe was also another form closely associated with the music of West Africa.

Tee-Jay will be playing a cozy set in Camden North London next month during the 12…