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Thursday 27 April 2023

MUSIC: Bola Johnson's Hot Pants Amapiano (Remix!)


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About Hot Pants:

With a funky, deep bassline and sprightly horns and percussion, the young and talented producer "Sparkzy Minded" has crafted an exceptional rework of Bola Johnson's "Hot Pants." Sung in Yoruba, the song offers a playful social commentary on the daring fashion choices of women in 1970s Lagos who donned "Hot Pants" or "Short Knickers," which they referred to as "Pata Gbigbona" or "Very Hot Pants." The song is titled "Won Ma Tun Ti Gboja Kan De O" which means "They brought a new product to the market aka Hot Pants." This early take on fashion trends could be seen as reminiscent of the popular song "Murder She Wrote" by Chaka Demus and Pliers.


Bola Johnson, a multi-talented musician, singer, and songwriter, left an indelible mark on Nigeria's music scene during the 1960s and 1970s. Born in Lagos in 1947, Johnson grew up in a family of musicians and began playing music at a young age. In the early 1960s, he joined the Nigerian army, where he honed his skills and became a sought-after musician in Lagos. Johnson's music was a fusion of different genres, including highlife, jazz, and funk, with a distinct African flavor. He became the leader of the Nigerian Beach Sounds band, and in 1968, he released his first album, "E Ma S'eka," which became an instant hit. Over the next few years, he continued to release hit albums that were loved by Nigerians and fans all over Africa. Johnson's music was politically and socially conscious, touching on issues like poverty, corruption, and the struggle for independence. Sadly, he retired from music in the 1980s due to Parkinson's disease and passed away in 1991 at the age of 44. Despite his short career, Johnson's music continues to inspire and influence musicians today, and he is remembered as one of Nigeria's greatest musicians.

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