Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Ghanaian Blue 1968-81

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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
The U.K. label Soundway Records has vaulted itself to the head of the pack within the narrow field of African anthologies. They specialize in hard '60s and '70s funk, disco, and rock from West Africa, as heard on their Nigeria Special series as well as the earlier Afro Baby and Ghana Soundz sets, not to mention a disc devoted to the best-of Nigerian singer-guitarist Sir Victor Uwaifo. This latest volume, a two-CD set of funk and rock from Ghana all recorded between the late '60s and early '80s, is a churning sea of polyrhythms, chanted vocals, thick, distorted organ sounds, blaring horns, and scorching guitar that are equal parts James Brown and No Wave. Indeed, there are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
The U.K. label Soundway Records has vaulted itself to the head of the pack within the narrow field of African anthologies. They specialize in hard '60s and '70s funk, disco, and rock from West Africa, as heard on their Nigeria Special series as well as the earlier Afro Baby and Ghana Soundz sets, not to mention a disc devoted to the best-of Nigerian singer-guitarist Sir Victor Uwaifo. This latest volume, a two-CD set of funk and rock from Ghana all recorded between the late '60s and early '80s, is a churning sea of polyrhythms, chanted vocals, thick, distorted organ sounds, blaring horns, and scorching guitar that are equal parts James Brown and No Wave. Indeed, there are tracks here that sound like an African take on the jagged N.Y.C. funk of the Contortions, while others adapt the innovations of legendary Nigerian bandleader Fela Kuti (who appears as a guest on one track). Of course, it's not all raucous shouting and distorted blare; there are some extraordinarily skillful jazz-funk records here, like the Sweet Talks' "Akampanye," with a stinging trumpet solo, or the jazz flute (and beautifully clear, bell-like vocals) of Christy Azuma & Uppers International's "Din Ya Sungri." A few songs ("Them Go Talk Of You," "I Go Die for You," "You Monopolize Me," "You Can Go") are sung in English, but most of the others will be incomprehensible to a U.S. listener -- and it won't matter one bit, because the rhythms and melodies are so overpowering and forceful that the music functions as pure limbic imperative. If your ass isn't shaking when this stuff is on, seek medical attention.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/2009
  • Label: Soundway Records
  • UPC: 893775001682
  • Catalog Number: 16
  • Sales rank: 34,565

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kai Wawa - Mercury Dance Band (3:00)
  2. 2 Owuo Adaadaa Me - T.O. Jazz (2:51)
  3. 3 Din Ya Sugri - Christy Azuma & Uppers International (7:02)
  4. 4 Aaya Lolo - The Barbecues (3:48)
  5. 5 Ohiani Sua Efir - Asaase Ase (4:02)
  6. 6 Bofoo Beye Abowa Den - St. Peter & the Holymen (3:14)
  7. 7 Nya Asem Hwe - City Boys Band (4:51)
  8. 8 Edinya Benya - Hedzoleh Soundz (3:17)
  9. 9 Hwehwe Mu Yi Mpena - The Cutlass Dance Band (3:17)
  10. 10 Sei Nazo - Dr. K. Gyasi & His Noble Kings (3:02)
  11. 11 I Go Die For You - Kyeremateng Atwede & His Kyeremateng Stars (5:22)
  12. 12 Obi Agye Me Dofo - Vis-A-Vis (9:50)
  13. 13 Twer Nyame - Ebo Taylor (5:21)
  14. 14 Mi Nsumõõ Bo Dõnn - Big Beats (3:39)
  15. 15 Odo Mmera - Pa Steele's African Brothers (3:01)
  16. 16 You Monopolise Me - The Ogyatanaa Show Band (3:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Wompe Masem - The African Brothers Band (4:19)
  2. 2 Akoko Ba - Gyedu-Blay Ambolley & His Creations (5:26)
  3. 3 Akampanye - The Sweet Talks (4:27)
  4. 4 Enuanom Adofo - Houghas Sorowonko (3:09)
  5. 5 Bukom - Oscar Sulley's Nezele Soundz (3:28)
  6. 6 You Can Go - Bokoor Band (3:21)
  7. 7 Kyenkyen Bi Adi M'awu - K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas (6:56)
  8. 8 Dr. Solutsu - Basa Basa Soundz (3:22)
  9. 9 Tamale - Pagadeja (3:11)
  10. 10 Omusus Da Fe M'musu - Hedzoleh Soundz (4:58)
  11. 11 Yahyia Mu - Uhuru Dance Band (4:10)
  12. 12 Noble Kings - Dr. K. Gyasi & His Noble Kings (5:46)
  13. 13 Bindiga - The Wellis Band (3:24)
  14. 14 Boombaya - Boombaya (3:39)
  15. 15 Owuo - Sawaaba Soundz (4:20)
  16. 16 Them Go Talk of You - The Cutlass Dance Band (3:29)
  17. 17 Sisi Mbon - Honny & the Bees Band (6:47)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Composer
Eric Agyeman Composer
David Hammond Arranger
Basa Basa Soundz Composer
K. Frimpong Composer
Ebo Taylor Composer
Ray Douglas Composer
Ray Allen Composer
J. Collins Composer
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