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

Ghana Special

Aha! Treasure-hungers Soundway Records have unearthed another thirty-something forgotten gems- this time from 1970s Ghana. The two-disc compilation showcases the vibrant musical culture that emerged a decade after Ghana achieved independence. A new take on African and Caribbean styles challenged the colonial music of big dance bands and orchestras. Ghana Special showcases the vibrant hybrid of standard rock instrumentation and traditional vocal harmonies and rhythms that emerged.

Highlights include: wahwah-guitar + war-chant opening track by Mercury Dance Band, the pleading, honeyed vocals of City Boys Band’s “Nya asem hwe,” and the final track: a traditional fishermans song interrupted by organ solo/trance-enducing psychadelia.

Despite its lengthy track list, I promise this album will keep not only your attention, but at the very least keep your body grooving…if not erupting in the occasional spasm.

-DJ Space Cadet (listen to my multicultural show Gachan Gachan every Thursday from 4-6 PM)

3 Responses to “Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968-81”

  1. Ace
    February 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    Most excellent! I love music from Ghana! For a sneak peek, check out:

    If you’re diggin’ it, you might also enjoy:

    “Afrobeat Nirvana,” Various Artists (Vampisoul,


    “Booniay!!: A Compilation of West African Funk,” Various Artists
    (The Orchard?,

    Happy listening!

  2. Mandy
    February 1, 2010 at 5:01 pm #

    i like the look of this!

  3. Anonymous
    February 19, 2010 at 11:51 am #


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