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Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968-81
Various Artists
Soundway Records
Catalogue Number
Release Date
April 8, 2010

Soundway steps back into Africa with thirty-three original and previously un-reissued tracks from Ghana delivering a follow on of sorts from the hugely successful CD/LP Nigeria Special.

Ghana Special represents nearly ten years of on-going research in and around the cities of Accra, Tema, Cape Coast, Takoradi and Kumasi, knocking on musician’s doors and visiting ex-distributors, DJs, collectors, manufacturers and shop owners who helped piece the story together.

The roots of this project goes back to a pair of albums named Ghana Soundz (Volumes 1 and 2), which focussed solely on the ‘funkier’ side of the same period. Alongside new artists and groups, some other works of the many musicians and producers Cleret met whilst researching those records are also included here. Many of these tracks have remained only in people’s memories or in collections of LPs that sit unplayed: until now of course.

Ghana Special comes as a double CD hardback case-bound book and 5LP vinyl box set. Both the CD and boxset features a booklet full of history, photographs and original record scans. The 5xLP boxset comes with bonus tracks, unavailable on the CD.

“Rare and glitteringly good” -The Guardian

“Little-heard music from the ’60s and ’70s now pours out of archives from Accra, Lagos and Cotonou – But this collection stands out.” -New York Times

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Kai Wawa The Mercury Dance Band 3:00 Buy

    Kai Wawa

  2. 2 Owuo Adaadaa Me T. O. Jazz 2:51 Buy

    Owuo Adaadaa Me

  3. 3 Din Ya Sugri Christy Azuma and Uppers International 7:02 Buy

    Din Ya Sugri

  4. 4 Aaya Lolo The Barbecues 3:48 Buy

    Aaya Lolo

  5. 5 Ohiani Sua Efir Asaase Ase 4:02 Buy

    Ohiani Sua Efir

  6. 6 Bofoo Beye Abowa Den St. Peter and The Holy Men 3:14 Buy

    Bofoo Beye Abowa Den

  7. 7 Nye Asem Hwe City Boys Band 4:51 Buy

    Nye Asem Hwe

  8. 8 Edinya Benya Hedzoleh Soundz 3:17 Buy

    Edinya Benya

  9. 9 Hwehwe Mu Yi Mpena The Cutlass Dance Band 3:17 Buy

    Hwehwe Mu Yi Mpena

  10. 10 Sei Nazo Dr. K. Gyasi and His Noble Kings 3:02 Buy

    Sei Nazo

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