Same proudly autobiographical, beat-tape plunderphonics as Meh Mogya, this time with the sampling focussed more on palm-wine and other acoustic Ghanaian music. ‘More Mogya’, ‘More Blood’.
Rocking the party and ramming the dancefloor is the first priority of this review of Latin styles in classic West African dance music, as it emerged with 1950s anti-colonialism, and ran on gloriously into the 70s.
Fabulous, deep Ghanaian high-life from 1979. Profoundly rueful but politically resolute, in their trademark, hypnotic, minor-key manner, with sustained organ and CK Mann-style guitar.
Home of one of the great African bands, Bembeya Jazz, adopted home of Stokely Carmichael and Miriam Makeba, Guinea ‘was the musical beacon of Africa’, as this splendid comp shows. Addictive.
What a start to this series! Wonderful Congolese rumba from Kinshasa and Brazzaville — the dazzling, voluptuous soundtrack to convulsive, bloody anti-colonial struggle — by Franco, Nico, Tabu Ley and full crew.
Drawn from over fifty years of amazing films, diverse music by legends like Mulatu, Henri Guedon, Francis Bebey and Xalam.
Rocking, fuzzed-out funk and afro-beat recorded by West Africans in London in 1975. Excellent.
Ghanaian highlife bombs: giants like K. Frimpong, African Brother Nana Ampedu, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (with The Complex Sounds); unfamiliar names like Los Issufu and his Moslems, Waza Afrika, Funky Afrosibi.
Glittering sixties and seventies gems from Franco, Rochereau, Grand Kalle, Dr. Nico and co.
Fabulous dusties from Baobab, Sabor Band De Dakar, Idy Diop, Laba Sosseh, Amara Toure and co.
Sublime Afro-Cuban styles from Guinea, the 1960s and 70s — Bembeya Jazz, Keletigi, Horaya Band, Orchestre Paillote and co.
Outstanding 1977 Afrobeat recorded in Ghana by the Ivorian Ahui Ngoran Marcel for the Papa Disco label. A fifteen-piece featuring Lola Everett at the mic, ace guitarist Sammy Cropper, hypnotic piano, rocking horns…
Knockout Ghanaian music from the mid-1970s — urgent, killer Afro-funk and super-charged highlife, female-fronted for a change. Lovely artwork, too, beautifully printed; precious photos on the insert. Scorcher.