The Rough Guide to Highlife [Second Edition]

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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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
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: 6/26/2012
  • Label: World Music Network
  • UPC: 605633128024
  • Catalog Number: 1280
  • Sales rank: 120,417

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Highlife Time - Fela Ransome Kuti (5:23)
  2. 2 Tsutsu Tsosemo (Old Time Training) - Desmond Ababio (5:11)
  3. 3 Taxi Driver - Bobby Benson (2:58)
  4. 4 Juliana - The Sweet Talks (5:51)
  5. 5 Akwasi Broni - Agyemang (3:37)
  6. 6 Memia (I Am Too Broke) - Francis Kenya's Guitar Band (6:29)
  7. 7 Osondi Owendi - Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe (11:08)
  8. 8 Do Amen Do - Victor Uwaifo (2:54)
  9. 9 Igede - Celestine Ukwu (4:03)
  10. 10 Se Wo Nom Me (Tsetse Fly You Suck My Blood) - Koo Nimo (4:24)
  11. 11 Atabala Woman - The Professional Seagulls Dance Band of Port Harco (3:28)
  12. 12 Pariboto Riboto - Victor Abimbola Olaiya (2:55)
  13. 13 Momma Mo Akoma Ntutu - Genesis Gospel Singers (4:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Adowa (Otanfo) - Seprewa Kasa (4:39)
  2. 2 Dagomba - Seprewa Kasa (7:19)
  3. 3 Nkabom - Seprewa Kasa (6:39)
  4. 4 Seprewa Kasa (Seprewa Speaks Guitar Answers!) - Seprewa Kasa (6:29)
  5. 5 Towoboase - Seprewa Kasa (5:05)
  6. 6 Nkasoo - Seprewa Kasa (5:42)
  7. 7 Agyese Wobre - Seprewa Kasa (8:42)
  8. 8 Barima Ye Na - Seprewa Kasa (6:07)
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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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