Painstakingly compiled and researched by label boss Miles Cleret, Ghana Special represents nearly ten years of on-going research: driving 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, that helped piece the story together.
Ghana in the 1970s: highlife, rock, and soul collide and merge with tradition and culture. New styles meet old styles. A new generation renews old musical customs. New fashions meet old fashions, creating new fusions. A new generation renews old musical customs.
As with this album’s sister release Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds Nigerian Blues 1970–76, this collection hopes to do nothing more than capture a snapshot of what was arguably the most colourful and interesting period in the nation’s musical history. This was a time of shifting styles and a re-organisation of not only the music industry but also, in many ways, society itself. Music often mirrors these changes: although, until this time, many of the big dance bands of the 1950’s and 60’s had dominated the smaller, mostly foreign-run recording industries, it became a sign of how society was shifting and reorganising itself, when, in the place of the highlife big bands, many of the highlife guitar-bands (that had until now been seen as music of the poorer sections of society) were starting to sell far more records.