Various Artists | Ghana Special  Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds, Ghanaian Blues 1968 - 1981

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Ghana Special Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds, Ghanaian Blues 1968 - 1981

by Various Artists

"Ghana Special offers a spoil of riches you can dance to in any language" - PITCHFORK 8.5/10 (Best New Release)
Genre: World: African- West
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1. Kai Wawa The Mercury Dance Band
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2. Owuo Adaadaa Me T.O. Jazz
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3. Din Ya Sugri Christy Azuma & Uppers International
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7:02 album only
4. Aaya Lolo The Barbecues
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5. Ohiani Sua Efir Asaase Ase
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6. Bofoo Beye Abowa Den St. Peter & The Holy Men
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7. Nya Asem Hwe City Boys Band
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8. Edinya Benya Hedzoleh Soundz
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3:17 album only
9. HweHwe Mu Yi Mpene The Cutlass Dance Band
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10. Sei Nazo Dr. K. Gyasi & His Noble Kings
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11. I Go Die For You Kyeremateng Atwede & The Kyeremateng Stars
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12. Obi Agye Me Dofo Vis a Vis
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13. Twer Nyame (excerpt) Ebo Taylor
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14. Mi Nsumõõ Bo Dõnn The Big Beats
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15. Odo Mmera Pa Steele's African Brothers
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3:01 album only
16. You Monopolise Me The Ogyatanaa Show Band
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17. Wompe Masem The African Brothers International Band
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18. Akoko Ba Gyedu- Blay Ambolley & His Creations
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5:26 album only
19. Akampanye The Sweet Talks
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20. Enuanin Adofo Houghas Sorowonko
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21. Bukom Oscar Sulley's Nzele Soundz
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22. You Can Go Bokoor Band
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23. Kyenkyen Bi Adi M'Awu K. Frimpong & His Cubanos Fiestas
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24. Dr. Solutso Basa Basa Soundz feat. Fela Anikulapo Kuti
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25. Tamale Pagadeja
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26. Omusus Da Fe M'Musu Hedzoleh Soundz
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27. Yahyia Mu The Uhura Dance Band
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28. Noble Kings (Yako Aba) Dr. K. Gyasi & His Noble Kings
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29. Bindiga The Wellis Band
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30. Boombaya Boombaya
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31. Owuo Sawaaba Soundz
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32. Them Go Talk Of You The Cutlass Dance Band
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33. Sisi Mbon Honny & The Bees Band
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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.


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