Various – Highlife On The Move (4 stars)

Various – Highlife On The Move

(Soundway)

Selected Nigerian and Ghanaian Recordings from London and Lagos 1954–1966

Soundway’s latest compilation documents the movement of Highlife between Lagos and London between 1954 and 1966, as Ghana and Nigeria transitioned to independence. The three early Fela Kuti tracks are a major draw, but they’re only the tip of a very funky iceberg. By capturing a period of evolution in West African pop Highlife on the Move is of great historical interest, but it’s also a complete joy to listen to, as Cuban and jazz influences blend with African traditions.

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