Ghana Special - Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968–81 (4 stars)

Ghana Special - Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968–81

(Soundway)

A thrilling soundscape of 33 tracks from Ghana between the ‘golden age’ of 1968–81, this maps the optimism and energy of new independence from British colonialism heralded by cutting-edge modern Afro-sounds and Ghanaian blues. Presented in a cool ‘double CD as small book’ telling each band’s story with atmospheric pictures, it fits the bill for clubs, parties or cafés seeking irresistible sounds to beguile customers to stay. This showcases a sophisticated diversity of soul and rock influenced music, from saxes and trumpets sparring over funky keyboards, to guitars, harmonicas and wild choruses, to Afro-Caribbean percussion re-infusing brassy local dance bands. And it’s an original re-mastering so nothing here will be found on any other compilation on the market.

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