Pax Nicholas and the Nettey Family
Na Teef Know De Road of Teef
Nicholas Addo-Nettey became a full member of Fela´s legendary band Africa 70 as a conga player and background singer in 1971. The first record he appeared on was Lady Shakara – an international smash hit and one of Fela´s greatest. In the 70s, stars like James Brown, B.B. King, Ginger Baker, Stevie Wonder and Manu Dibango came to Lagos to visit Fela’s Shrine club to hear this new and incredibly heavy thing called Afrobeat. While playing and recording for Felas´s Africa 70 (he appeared on Fela’s releases between 1971 and 1978), Mr. Addo-Nettey always had his own thing going on the side. He released two solo LPs for the Tabansi Label with the Martin Brothers Band from Portharcort, Nigeria, one of them being Na Teef Know The Road of Teef in 1973. A heavy afro-funk record, that was recorded with Africa 70 musicians and singers in Ginger Baker´s highly equipped Lagos studio, where many of Fela´s albums were recorded as well. Fela was not amused at all about these kinds of things, even less when he heard how strong the “Na Teef…” album was. He reportedly said: “Don’t you ever, EVER play it again!” And so it was. Despite being a killer record, “Na Teef…” remained undercover for more than 30 years.