Various Artists - Soundway Presents: Africa Special

Soundway Presents: Africa Special

Various Artists

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Download Album (MP3) 24 tracks £7.99
Download Album (WAV) 24 tracks £7.99


Various Artists - Soundway Presents: Africa Special

Soundway Records present ‘Africa Special’, a digital only collection that draws on some the best songs from their genre defining African compilations ('Ghana Special', 'Nigeria Special' & 'Kenya Special'). Compiled by label boss Miles Cleret, ‘Africa Special’ focuses on tracks that are particularly 'African' in sound as opposed the US influenced 'Afro' records that also feature on these compilations. From Ghanaian highlife to Nigerian blues, Kenyan benga and Congolese influenced sounds, ‘Africa Special’ is a condensed volume featuring musicians from all over Africa that were resident in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya in the 1960s, 70s & 80s (the golden era of African music).

The earliest Soundway compilation to feature on this new compilation is the now seminal ‘Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-6’. Described by NPR as "essential", 'Nigeria Special' was the start of a series that spawned the equally vital ‘Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968 – 1981’ and this year’s acclaimed ‘Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & ‘80s’.

Soundway Records was conceived in 2002 by label owner Miles Cleret whilst returning from Ghana in 2001 with bags of dusty old 45s and LPs that had mostly not been heard outside the former Gold Coast since their original release. Soundway’s first release 'Ghana Soundz - Afro-beat, Funk & Fusion in 70's Ghana' was the start of a series of well recieved compilation albums that made available classic and obscure recordings that had previously never made it out of the countries they were originally recorded in.


Download Album (SNDWD055)
    1. Easy Kabaka Brown - Belema
    2. Kyeremateng - I Go Die for You
    3. Kalambya Boys - Kivelenge
    4. Gatanga Boys Band - Wendo Ti Mbia
    5. The Sweet Talks - Akampanye
    6. The Semi Colon - Nekwaha Semi Colon
    7. The Rift Valley Brothers - Mu Africa
    8. The African Brothers International Band - Wompe Masem
    9. Paulson Kalu Afrikhanah and His Stars 25 - Ochea Special
    10. Popular Cooper and His All Beats Band - Arraino
    11. City Boys Band - Nye Asem Hwe
    12. Nairobi Matata Jazz - Tamba Tamba
    1. Hedzoleh Soundz - Rekpete
    2. Orchestre Baba National - Sweet Sweet Mbombo
    3. Fidel Sax Bateke & The Voices of Darkness - Motako
    4. The Loi-Toki-Tok Band - Leta Ngoma
    5. K. Frimpong and His Cubanos Fiestas - Kyenkyen Bi Adi M’Awu
    6. Afro 70 - Week End
    7. Celestine Ukwu and His Philosophers National - Okwukwe Na Nchekwube
    8. St. Peter and The Holy Men - Bofoo Beye Abowa Den
    9. Sir Victor Uwaifo and His Melody Masters - Osalobua Rekpama
    10. The Sahara All Stars of Jos - Feso Jaiye
    11. Tunji Oyelana & The Benders - To Whom It May Concern
    12. Peter Tsotsi Juma & The Eagles Lupopo - Kajo Golo - Weka