In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 30th, June, 2020

Well-known Nigerian Guitarist, Berkley Ike Jones Is Useless

Famous Nigerian Guitarist, Berkley Ike Jones Is Dead

Legendary Nigerian guitarist, Berkley Ike Jones

Legendary Nigerian guitarist, Berkley Ike Jones


Legendary Nigerian guitarist, Berkley Ike Jones of the defunct BLO is useless.


He died simply weeks to his 72nd birthday, final night time, June 28, in Asaba the place he went for a job.


Ike first appeared on the Nigerian music scene within the mid-1960s, because the drummer within the Port Harcourt-based teen pop group The Figures.


In 1970, on the finish of the Nigerian civil struggle, he signed on as lead guitarist within the rock n’ soul band The Funkees, the place his adventurous guitar strains obtained him observed by expertise scouts who immediately whisked him off to Lagos and put in him within the excessive profile rock group The Clusters.


The Clusters quickly morphed into the Afro Assortment underneath the management of Tee Mac Iseli, after which into SALT underneath Ginger Baker. Finally the group splintered, giving beginning to Nigeria’s first afro-rock energy trio BLO–Berkley Ike Jones, Laolu Akins, and Mike Gbenga Odumosu.


BLO was the rave within the 70s and early 80s. The group was certainly one of Nigeria’s most revered and influential rock teams all through the seventies.


They recorded some afro-rock songs comparable to Preacher Man and Native physician.


Blo recorded their first album Chapter One, a psychedelic rock report underneath EMI label. Gross sales of the album didn’t meet EMI’s expectations and the band finally left EMI to report their subsequent album with a Decca affiliate. Between 1974 and 1976 the band launched three extra data, Section II, Step Three and Section IV.

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Jones give up the music enterprise within the early eighties and reinvented himself as one of many nation’s main inside designers and designers, and finally as a Fb commentator on present points.


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