Ambrose Campbell (1919 – 2006)

Ambrose Campbell’s “Eni Ri Nka He” 1957(?)

I adore this song and if you listen well the melody may sound familiar. It sounds a lot like the 1967 song “Hey Jude” by the Beatles.

What’s the story behind this? Was this actually recorded in 1957 – before the Beatles came together? Did they give him credit? ……something is not adding up here


Ambrose Campbell (19 August 1919 – 22 June 2006) was a Nigerian musician and bandleader. He is credited with forming Britain’s first ever black band, the West African Rhythm Brothers, in the 1940s, and was also acknowledged by Fela Kuti as “the father of modern Nigerian music”.He worked with British jazz musicians in the 1950s, and later toured and recorded with Leon Russell in the US, where he lived for thirty years.

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