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Highlife on the Move: Selected Nigerian & Ghanaian Recordings from London & Lagos 1954-66
Various Artists
Soundway Records
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Release Date
March 16, 2015

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.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Highlife No. 5 Ginger Folorunso Johnson & His Afro-Cuban Band 2:38 Buy

    Highlife No. 5

  2. 2 Son of Africa Kwamalah Quaye Sextetto Africana 2:33 Buy

    Son of Africa

  3. 3 Abeni Nigerian Union Rhythm Group 2:55 Buy


  4. 4 Drink a Tea Steve Rhodes & His London Hi-Lifers 3:17 Buy

    Drink a Tea

  5. 5 Fela's Special Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Highlife Rakers 3:44 Buy

    Fela's Special

  6. 6 Oju Rere Steve Rhodes & His London Hi-Lifers 2:53 Buy

    Oju Rere

  7. 7 Afro Mood Chris Ajilo & His Cubanos 2:53 Buy

    Afro Mood

  8. 8 Africana Soundz Africana 3:08 Buy


  9. 9 Obaa Amponsa Pandogo The Black Star Band 3:53 Buy

    Obaa Amponsa Pandogo

  10. 10 Ghana Special Buddy Pipp's Highlifers 2:06 Buy

    Ghana Special

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