Soundway and Tummy Touch are offering up a free download of MonoMono’s track ‘Make Them Realise’ taken from the 1974 LP ‘Dawn of Awareness’, the Nigerian groups second record. The album, along with MonoMono’s debut release ‘Give The Beggar A Chance’ and Joni Haastrup’s debut solo record ‘Wake Up Your Mind’, are being re-issued on CD, download and replica gatefold LP on 10th October.
Soundway have been championing Joni Haastrup and his band MonoMono since day one featuring tracks on both the ‘Nigeria Special!’ and ‘Nigeria Rock Special!’ releases. Most recently Joni appears as a guest keys players on Black Goddess, an Afro-jazz soundtrack collaboration with Remi Kabaka.
Growing up in a royal household in Nigeria, Joni Haastrup began his musical journey performing for his brothers band Sneakers and was quickly snapped up as a vocalist for O.J. Ekemode and his Modern Aces’ ‘Super Afro Soul’ LP, one of Afro-beat’s formative LPs. Soon after, Ginger Baker of Cream fame replaced Steve Winwood with Joni on keys for Airforce’s UK concerts in ‘71 and the success of the collaboration led to further shows with Baker as part of the SALT project before he returned to Nigeria to set up MonoMono.