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Boomkat Product Review:
Who Say I Tire is the "most complete compilation to date" focusing on the work of 1970s Nigerian Afro-funk musician and political activist, Segun Bucknor. Although history may have overlooked Bucknor's career in comparison with his legendary contemporary, Fela Kuti, this double-disc collection draws attention to a major talent. Key to Bucknor's musical development was a three-year period in the USA during the 1960s, meaning that on his return to Nigeria much of his early work featured a a newfound awareness of soul music and American funk. It was later, during the advent of the 1970s that Bucknor set about redeveloping the African aspect of his music, forming Segun Bucknor & The Assembly and subsequently Segun Bucknor & The Revolution. The transition was marked by switching from an onstage get-up of Western-style suits to bare torsos and shaven heads, marking a return to African tradition and roots. By the mid-1970s Bucknor had turned his attentions to journalism, but the political commentary and powerfully soulful sounds of his music remain a document of the times. Liner notes come courtesy of African music expert, Max Reinhardt, of BBC Radio 3's Late Junction.