The Ofege Phenomenon

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  • Their first album was recorded while the band members were still in high school (average age of 16), Ofege’s debut album Try And Love was originally recorded and released in 1973.

By Femi Ajibode

The 1970s school boy musical band from St. Gregory’s College, Obalende, Ikoyi, Lagos. Nigeria’s most outstanding school boy band of all time! Members – Melvin Noks: Lead Vocals/Rhythm, Paul Alade: Bass Guitar, Mike Meme: Drums, Soga Benson: Lead/Solo Guitar, Felix Ijeh: Rhythm/Tenor Guitar, Dapo Olumide: Keyboards, and Felix Inneh: Percussionist.

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They were largely influenced by the guitar solos of Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Francis Rossi, and the criss-cross rhythms of Osibisa. At home they were influenced by the music of ‘BLO’ (Berkley Jones, Laolu Akins and Mike Odumosu), ‘Monomono’ (led by Joni Haastrup), The Funkees, and Ofo The Black Company.

Their first album was recorded while the band members were still in high school (average age of 16), Ofege’s debut album Try And Love was originally recorded and released in 1973.

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Due to their vibrant combo of sweet harmonies, hooks & fuzz, they would become one of the most legendary Nigerian groups of all time, with expressive sales and national stardom. They were a classic of their own.

With great hits–

Nobody Falls
Whizzy Llabo
Gbe Mi Lo
It’s Not Easy
Ofege
You Say No
Lead Me On

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