Electric Highlife - Various Artists (CD)

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    Categories
    WorldClassicalMusic
    Category
    1. Collection
    2. International
    3. Ghanaian
    Number of Items
    1
    Title
    Electric Highlife
    Media
    CD
    BarCode
    636943703021
    Country of Origin
    USA / Canada
    Label
    Naxos
    Distributor
    Naxos (Distributor)
    Mono / Stereo
    Stereo
    Format
    CD
    Barcode
    636943703021
    Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Ensuah Nzema Kotoko - F. Kenya
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Osikuni Atamfo - Guyoyo
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Tsutsu Tsosemo - Black Beats
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Mewu Mo Dzi - Eddie Ansah
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Memia - F. Kenya
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Obia Ba Nnye - George Adu
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Madame Zehae Ala - F. Kenya
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Obina Mma Obi Kyere No - George Adu
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Yaka Duru - Bokoor Band
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Sosu Sei Me - Happy Boys
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Friends Today, Enemies Tomorrow - Beach Scorpions
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Niawu Be Ye - Happy Boys
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Jealousy - Beach Scorpions
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Ensuah Nzema Kotoko - F. Kenya
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Osikuni Atamfo - Guyoyo
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Tsatsu Tsosemo - Black Beats/King Bruce
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Mewu Mo Dzi - Eddie Ansah
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Memia - F. Kenya
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Obia Ba Nnye - George Adu
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Madame Zehae Ala - F. Kenya
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Obina Mma Obi Kyere No - George Adu
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Yaka Duru - Bokoor Band
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Sosu Sei Me - The Happy Boys/Happay Stars
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Friends Today, Enemies Tomorrow - Beach Scorpions
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Niawu Beye - The Happy Boys/Happay Stars
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Jealousy - Beach Scorpions
    Genre
    Classical
    Release Date
    19 June 2008
    Country
    South Africa
    Notes

    Recording information: Bokoor Studio (1978-1980); Ghana Film Studio (1978-1980).
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Black Beats; John Collins.
    Highlife is Ghana. For a century it's developed, mutated, and changed, played in many ways and styles by bands with any combination of instruments. This CD focuses on the 1980s and the output of one particular studio. So while it's not exactly a broad survey, it does offer a little slice of music, with the emphasis very firmly on electric guitars, whether the frantic rhythms of the Happy Boys or the more laid-back approach of the wonderfully named Beach Scorpions or George Adu's "Obina Mma Obi Kyere No," where saxophone weaves in and out of the lines -- not jazz, but some organic hybrid of music. With eight different acts, the compilation does offer a fair amount of variety, the wonky guitars of Guyoyo creating a particular affection on "Osikuni Atamio" with a garage amateurishness that's actually very professional if you listen a little more closely. The glorious thing about highlife is how inclusive it is, ranging from the soul/jazz inflections of "Niawu Be Ye" to the more formal "Ensuah Nzema Kotoko." So while hardly a complete look at highlife in any era, this remains a thoroughly enjoyable little bit of Ghana on your stereo. ~ Chris Nickson

    Duration
    73m 2s
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Studio
    Video Disabled
    0
    Performer
    Various Artists
    Artists
    1. Various Artists
    Date Released
    2002-06-01

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