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“At first I thought it was a bomb before I could realize anything I heard crack sound again and the entire building went down with the whole eight of us sleeping in different rooms. He was sheltered by two beams that created a relief over-lay that prevented the concrete from crushing him to death.

“It actually pretty much happened overnight in Africa that LPs got replaced by music cassettes,” he says.

“Within only a short amount of time basically there was no more market interest.” A single 20-foot container in Conakry was the only official vinyl store he found in West Africa. It was in the basement of a building owned by a hotelier who had run a record label and a chain of record shops.

The first victim was identified as Sadiq, and the second, Joseph.

The rescue and recovery were carried out by a joint team of officials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Abuja Development Control, Federal Fire Service, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC).

i record label in Philadelphia, when he came across “a crazy really psychedelic Afrobeat” disc by Ghanaian musician Pax Nicholas. He tried searching for more like it, but it wasn’t easy. “In a few months, I decided to pack up and leave and move to West Africa,” he says.

Gossner started out in Conakry, the capital of Guinea in 2005, only to discover, fairly quickly, that vinyl was ancient history there.

Just got to read a tear-inducing obituary on page 61of Punch today that Essien Akpabio, the stylish musicand entertainment manager, promoter and patron of thelate eighties through the nineties died on February 2,2008.