Pax Nicholas and the Nettey Family – Na Teef Know De Road of Teef

January 01, 1970



The reissue wing of Daptone Records scores another one
with the re-release of Na Teef Know De Road of Teef by Pax
Nicholas and the Nettey Family. Nicholas Addo-Nettey, aka Pax Nicholas, was a
conga payer and back-up singer in Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s classic Afrobeat
band/orchestra from 1971-78, recording on several of Fela’s hugest
international hits. This long lost Afrofunk burner from 1973 seems to have
disappeared almost as soon as it was released, apparently at least partially on
the wishes of Fela, who might have felt a bit threatened by Pax Nicholas’ high
voltage funk.


Fans of vintage Afrobeat will need a coronary by-pass
after giving this a spin. This is the real deal, an incredibly dense and
jumped-up grooveathon manned by players from Fela’s stupendous Africa 70 band. Recorded at Ginger Baker’s studio in the
Afrobeat capital of Lagos, Nigeria, Na Teef… has four extended
works-out that essentially function as one long track. Afrobeat was designed
for marathon dancing, and Nicholas/Nettey and his crew throw everything they
have into the pot and turn up the heat. Largely organ and percussion driven,
the guitars and horns provide support more than direction. Other than the final
track, “You,” the vocals are few and far between, but always
delivered with great, soulful conviction. The message is in the grooves.


Daptone and Desco Records did Afrobeat/soul/funk
lovers a favor by releasing the revivalist Daktaris’ crucial Soul Explosion a few years back. They are at it again, but with literally more authenticity
with this Pax Nicholas bombshell. Dancers, start your engines: Pax Nicholas and
the Nettey Family are here to take you for a ride.


Standout Tracks:
“Na Teef Know The Road of Teef,” “Ataa Onukpa,” “Na
Six Feet,’ “You.” CARL HANNI


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