Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

The Strangers

Onye Ije

The Strangers were from town of Enugu, which was in the Biafra region of Nigeria.

Formed in the early 70’s by organist Bob Miga, The Strangers were influenced by the music that was coming out of the United Kingdom at the time. But The Strangers life would be short lived when Ani Hoffner and his colleagues parted ways with Bob Miga and formed the group One World. Then came Black Children, another offshoot of Strangers and One World. Bob Miga would go on to form The Hykkers (who were featured on the Soundway Records compilation NIGERIA SPECIAL: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds and Nigerian Blues, 1970-76)

I have heard a few other songs by them, and almost all of them have more of a Motown influence and are sung in English. This song seems to be the exception. Here they are singing in the Igbo language, and sound a bit more like fellow Nigerian and label mate of the time, Fela Kuti.

There is an interesting post on Nigeria-Biafra war, and the songwriters from that period here.

If you have any information, please contact me.

Catalog number HNS 1205 on EMI / HMV of Nigeria. No release date listed.

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That song from the Strangers was amazing, do you have any other songs by them?

Comment by Ebere

I’m really amazed by this.

Comment by Carl Howard

Bob Miga is about to release some remix and other sweet songs. The album will feature great lyrics
watch the space.

Comment by joyce raymond

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