Various Artists - Highlife on the Move: Selected Nigerian & Ghanaian Recordings from London & Lagos 1954-66

Highlife on the Move: Selected Nigerian & Ghanaian Recordings from London & Lagos 1954-66

Various Artists

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CD Album 38 tracks £11.99
Download Album (MP3) 38 tracks £7.99
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Various Artists - Highlife on the Move: Selected Nigerian & Ghanaian Recordings from London & Lagos 1954-66

In conjunction with compiler and highlife researcher Dr. Markus Coester, Soundway Records present a very special release. Double CD & triple 180g gatefold vinyl (with a bonus 7 inch).

This 45 includes the two first ever recordings by a certain Fela Ransome Kuti with his band The Highlife Rakers. Recorded by Melodisc in London in 1960 both tracks have been unearthed after more than fifty years in hiding. In many ways this compilation is a prequel of sorts to Soundway's groundbreaking Nigeria & Ghana Special compilations, telling the early story of modern highlife's foundation & formulation.

It traces the music from West Africa to London, adding elements of jazz, mambo and calypso along the way and paving the way for the afro sounds of the 1970s. Accompanied by a 44 page CD booklet and 12 page vinyl booklet, the notes by Dr. Coester include rare photographs, labels and advert reproductions alongside some stunning and very rare recordings.

Tracklisting

CD Album (SNDWCD060)
  1. Ginger Folorunso Johnson & His Afro-Cuban Band - Highlife No. 5
  2. Kwamalah Quaye Sextetto Africana - Son of Africa
  3. Nigerian Union Rhythm Group - Abeni
  4. Steve Rhodes & His London Hi-Lifers - Drink a Tea
  5. Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Highlife Rakers - Fela's Special
  6. Steve Rhodes & His London Hi-Lifers - Oju Rere
  7. Chris Ajilo & His Cubanos - Afro Mood
  8. Soundz Africana - Africana
  9. The Black Star Band - Obaa Amponsa Pandogo
  10. Buddy Pipp's Highlifers - Ghana Special
  11. The Quavers - Money Money
  12. Afro Rhythm Kings - Donaldo's Samba
  13. Afro Rhythm Kings - Marabi Dance
  14. The Quavers - Kitch
  15. Bobby Benson & His Orchestra - Okokoko
  16. John Santos Martins - Fancy Baby
  17. E. C. Arinze & The Empire Rhythm Orchestra - Biko Rapum Paulina
  18. John Santos Martins, Zeal Onyia & His Band - Maggie
  19. Lord Ganda & Rupert Nurse's Calypso Band - Ghana, Forward Forever
  20. Adams' African Sky Rockets - A Night in Port Harcourt
  21. Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Highlife Rakers - Aigana
  22. Nigerian Union Rhythm Group - Tortoise Mambo
  23. Bobby Benson & His Combo - Niger Mambo
  24. Rans Boi's African Highlife Band - Highlife Comes to Europe
  25. Eddie Lamptey & The Peoples Highlife Band - Maria
  26. West African Rhythm Brothers - Egbe Mi
  27. West African Rhythm Brothers - Iwa D'arekere
  28. West African Swing Stars - Omo Africa
  29. Ginger Folorunso Johnson & His Afro-Cuban Band - Brown Skin Gal
  30. Awotwi Paynin & His Ghana Rockers - Brown Skin Gal
  31. Buddy Pipp's Highlifers - Georgina
  32. T. Odueso's Akesan Highlifers - Eyo Mano Mi
  33. Nigerian Union Rhythm Group - Ojikolobo
  34. Willie Payne & The Starlite Tempos - Wa Sise
  35. Fela Ransome-Kuti & His Koola Lobitos - Nigerian Independence
  36. The Black Star Band - Abrokyiri Gwo Yi
  37. The Black Star Band - Ekuona Rhythm
  38. Victor Ola-Iya & His Cool Cats - Anyin Ga Na
Download Album (SNDWD060)
  1. Ginger Folorunso Johnson & His Afro-Cuban Band - Highlife No. 5
  2. Kwamalah Quaye Sextetto Africana - Son of Africa
  3. Nigerian Union Rhythm Group - Abeni
  4. Steve Rhodes & His London Hi-Lifers - Drink a Tea
  5. Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Highlife Rakers - Fela's Special
  6. Steve Rhodes & His London Hi-Lifers - Oju Rere
  7. Chris Ajilo & His Cubanos - Afro Mood
  8. Soundz Africana - Africana
  9. The Black Star Band - Obaa Amponsa Pandogo
  10. Buddy Pipp's Highlifers - Ghana Special
  11. The Quavers - Money Money
  12. Afro Rhythm Kings - Donaldo's Samba
  13. Afro Rhythm Kings - Marabi Dance
  14. The Quavers - Kitch
  15. Bobby Benson & His Orchestra - Okokoko
  16. John Santos Martins - Fancy Baby
  17. E. C. Arinze & The Empire Rhythm Orchestra - Biko Rapum Paulina
  18. John Santos Martins, Zeal Onyia & His Band - Maggie
  19. Lord Ganda & Rupert Nurse's Calypso Band - Ghana, Forward Forever
  20. Adams' African Sky Rockets - A Night in Port Harcourt
  21. Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Highlife Rakers - Aigana
  22. Nigerian Union Rhythm Group - Tortoise Mambo
  23. Bobby Benson & His Combo - Niger Mambo
  24. Rans Boi's African Highlife Band - Highlife Comes to Europe
  25. Eddie Lamptey & The Peoples Highlife Band - Maria
  26. West African Rhythm Brothers - Egbe Mi
  27. West African Rhythm Brothers - Iwa D'arekere
  28. West African Swing Stars - Omo Africa
  29. Ginger Folorunso Johnson & His Afro-Cuban Band - Brown Skin Gal
  30. Awotwi Paynin & His Ghana Rockers - Brown Skin Gal
  31. Buddy Pipp's Highlifers - Georgina
  32. T. Odueso's Akesan Highlifers - Eyo Mano Mi
  33. Nigerian Union Rhythm Group - Ojikolobo
  34. Willie Payne & The Starlite Tempos - Wa Sise
  35. Fela Ransome-Kuti & His Koola Lobitos - Nigerian Independence
  36. The Black Star Band - Abrokyiri Gwo Yi
  37. The Black Star Band - Ekuona Rhythm
  38. Victor Ola-Iya & His Cool Cats - Anyin Ga Na