Ben Okafor - Child Of Biafra

Published Wednesday 30th January 2008
Ben Okafor - Child Of Biafra
Ben Okafor - Child Of Biafra

STYLE: World
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 42656-13440
LABEL: Plankton PCDN163
RRP: £11.00

Reviewed by James Lidgett

Songs from the critically acclaimed stage show, this is a moving commentary on the experiences, both physical and spiritual, of a nation at war and in particular the effects this most brutal of wars had on a child soldier caught up in the conflict. A subtle combination of songs composed by Okafor and traditional songs and anthems tells a story of pride, of anger, loss and fear, but also of hope. The original dramatisation of Ben's story was created for BBC Radio 4 with great success and it premiered on stage in Manchester in 2007, 40 years on from the start of the war. Ben's own songs have a real Marley-esque roots reggae vibe to them and he uses acoustic guitar and emotive vocal to moving effect. The CJAM choir enhances the sound of this album tenfold and provokes an equally moving response to the more traditional songs. The Biafran war tore Nigeria apart. Through Okafor's music we might learn not to allow such a tragedy to happen again.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Paul Vincent in London @ 20:35 on Feb 1 2008

I'm really looking forward to seeing this stage production when it tours later this year. Okafor is a powerful storyteller, and the prospect of combining his dramatic narrative with the quality of his music is extremely exciting. It would be very interesting to hear the comments of other African / Nigerian / Biafran / Christians.

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