Rough Guide to Highlife [Second Edition]

The Rough Guide to Highlife [Second Edition]

     
 

World Music Network showcases the colorful sound of highlife music with The Rough Guide to Highlife [Second Edition], following in the fashion of a similar volume released in 2003. Featuring jazzy horns and arpeggiated guitars, highlife conjures the joyous musical spirit of Africa from the townships to the nightclubs. The genre originated in Ghana and Sierra…  See more details below

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World Music Network showcases the colorful sound of highlife music with The Rough Guide to Highlife [Second Edition], following in the fashion of a similar volume released in 2003. Featuring jazzy horns and arpeggiated guitars, highlife conjures the joyous musical spirit of Africa from the townships to the nightclubs. The genre originated in Ghana and Sierra Leone in the early 20th century -- springing from the fusion of American jazz rhythms and African roots music and taking its name from the origins of performing at elite clubs -- and reached its peak in the '60s and '70s but inspired guitar, gospel, and disco-styled subgenres. The compilation finds Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti at an earlier phase in his career, playing with the band Koola Lobitos on the swinging opener "Highlife Time," while Koo Nimo's palm wine highlife -- which adds calypso and soca influences to the musical melange -- takes a gentler turn with "Se Wo Nom Me (Tetse Fly You Suck My Blood)" and Genesis Gospel Singers' "Momma Mo Akoma Ntutu" brings the album to a lilting close. Four tracks from the earlier edition of the compilation reappear here, including guitarist and writer Sir Victor Uwaifo's rousingly rhythmic joromi tune "Do Amen Do" and trumpeter Victor Olaiya's highlife-to Afrobeat-connection with "Pariboto Riboto." The Rough Guide to Highlife [Second Edition] also offers a bonus disc that reissues a classic recording by the Seprewa Kasa ensemble, who explore the origins of highlife through the use of the seprewa, a rare, kora-like instrument.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2012
Label:
World Music Network
UPC:
0605633128024
catalogNumber:
1280
Rank:
118807

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Highlife Time  - Fela Kuti
  2. Tsutsu Tsosemo (Old Time Training)  - Desmond Ababio
  3. Taxi Driver  - Bobby Benson
  4. Juliana  -  Sweet Talks
  5. Akwasi Broni  -  Agyemang
  6. Memia (I Am Too Broke)  -  Francis Kenya's Guitar Band
  7. Osondi Owendi  - Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe
  8. Do Amen Do  - Victor Uwaifo
  9. Igede  - Celestine Ukwu
  10. Se Wo Nom Me (Tsetse Fly You Suck My Blood)  - Koo Nimo
  11. Atabala Woman  -  Professional Seagulls Dance Band of Port Harcourt
  12. Pariboto Riboto  - Victor Abimbola Olaiya
  13. Momma Mo Akoma Ntutu  -  Genesis Gospel Singers

Disc 2

  1. Adowa (Otanfo)  - Seprewa Kasa
  2. Dagomba  - Seprewa Kasa
  3. Nkabom  - Seprewa Kasa
  4. Seprewa Kasa (Seprewa Speaks Guitar Answers!)  - Seprewa Kasa
  5. Towoboase  - Seprewa Kasa
  6. Nkasoo  - Seprewa Kasa
  7. Agyese Wobre  - Seprewa Kasa
  8. Barima Ye Na  - Seprewa Kasa

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Crentsil   Composer
Fela Kuti   Composer
Koo Nimo   Composer
Victor Abimbola Olaiya   Composer
Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe   Composer
Victor Uwaifo   Composer,Cover Image
Celestine Ukwu   Composer
Genesis Gospel Singers   Composer
J.Y Thorty   Composer
Osei Korankye   Composer
Laurence Cedar   Mastering
Alfred Kari Banaman   Composer
Agyemang   Composer
Irène Rognier   translation
Rachel Jackson   Sleeve Notes
Baffour Kyerematen   Composer
Bonny Boma   Composer

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