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VA - Giants of Ghanaian Danceband Highlife 1950s-1970s (1990)

Jazz, Folk | Author: artmuss | 26-06-2018, 07:41
VA - Giants of Ghanaian Danceband Highlife 1950s-1970s (1990)Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Giants of Ghanaian Danceband Highlife 1950s-1970s
Year Of Release: 1990
Label (Catalog#): Original Music [OMCD011]
Country: International
Genre: World, Folk, Ethnic Jazz, Soul/Funk, Highlife
Quality: FLAC (*tracks,cue,log)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 69:31
Full Size: 347 mb

"The big dance bands flourished during the 1950s and 1960s in both Ghana and Nigeria. In Ghana, the leading bands played regularly in the major towns, now growing rapidly in population ... The large towns like Accra, Cape Coast, and Kumasi had prestigious ballroom orchestras which played waltzes, foxtrots, quicksteps, ragtimes, rumbas, and highlifes to a black elite audience in top hats and evening dress. The earliest of these was the Excelsior Orchestra formed in 1914. It was in this context of local melodies like the Osibisaba and Ashiko, being orchestrated for an upper class audience, that the term "highlife" was coined (Collins, Musicmakers of W. Africa).

Comprising a typical line-up of brass, vocals, percussion, drums, double bass and electric guitar, the bands could play a bewildering variety of styles reflecting popular demand although highlife itself remained the staple affair. The lyrics were also delivered in a variety of languages including Twi, Fante, Ga, Efik, Ibo, Ewe, and Hausa (as well as English and Spanish).

During the 1960s, many dance bands suffered at the hands of the state bands who, by offering a regular salary and stable employment, attracted many of the best musicians away from the private highlife bands. Many of the large state corporations, from the Cocoa Board and the Black Star line to the state hotels and the Builders Brigade, formed their own outfits. By the 1970s, hard on the heels of economic decline and an increase in the demand for imported music, highlife dance bands were steadily declining in number and popularity. The Tempos and the Uhurus staggered on but it was really only the Ramblers who survived as a viable musical unit (R. Graham, The Da Capo Guide)."


01. Yei Ngebewoh - E.T.Mensah And The Tempos
02. School Girl - E.T.Mensah And The Tempos
03. Makoma - E.T.Mensah And The Tempos
04. You Call Me Roko - E.T.Mensah And The Tempos
05. Akokonini Abankwa - Ramblers International
06. Nmere Dan Biribe Ara - Ramblers International
07. Woman Wanko - Ramblers International
08. Akwanoma Hiahii - Ramblers International
09. Odansanyi - Ramblers International
10. Ntoboase - Ramblers International
11. Wgya Saman - Ramblers International
12. Ahomka Won - Ramblers International
13. Eyaa Duom - Professional Uhuru
14. Bo Me Nantsew - Professional Uhuru
15. Betu Me Ho Awow - Professional Uhuru
16. Medzi Me Sigya - Professional Uhuru
17. Onyame Bekyere - Professional Uhuru
18. Odo Kor Akyer - Professional Uhuru
19. Me Nhuhu Ma Obi Nkeka - Professional Uhuru
20. Ali Wuo - Professional Uhuru
21. Mensu Koraa - Professional Uhuru
22. Konkomba Medley - Professional Uhuru



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