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Highlife Underground
Mpese Mpese Band, Canadoes Dance Band

SOFRITO

Drumtalk folds the Ghanaian highlife of Mpese Mpese into a future-bass fault, from Hackney to Accra; on the flip, Sofrito dusts down some whirling, deep, minor-key business from Nigeria, 1982.



Larry Achiampong More Mogya
Same proudly autobiographical, beat-tape plunderphonics as Meh Mogya, this time with the sampling focussed more on palm-wine and other acoustic Ghanaian music. 'More Mogya', 'More Blood'.



Africa Boogaloo The Latinization Of West Africa
Rocking the party and ramming the dancefloor is the first priority of this review of Latin styles in classic West African dance music, as it emerged with 1950s anti-colonialism, and ran on gloriously into the 70s.



African Brothers Band (International) Tribute To D.K.
Fabulous, deep Ghanaian high-life from 1979. Profoundly rueful but politically resolute, in their trademark, hypnotic, minor-key manner, with sustained organ and CK Mann-style guitar.



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Afro Funk Body Music
Rocking, fuzzed-out funk and afro-beat recorded by West Africans in London in 1975. Excellent.



Afro-Beat Airways 2: Return Flight To Ghana, 1974-1983
Ghanaian highlife bombs: giants like K. Frimpong, African Brother Nana Ampedu, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (with The Complex Sounds); unfamiliar names like Los Issufu and his Moslems, Waza Afrika, Funky Afrosibi.


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Christie Azumah And The Uppers International Din Ya Sugri
Knockout Ghanaian music from the mid-1970s urgent, killer Afro-funk and super-charged highlife, female-fronted for a change. Lovely artwork, too, beautifully printed; precious photos on the insert. Scorcher.




Colomach
Collectors' Afro-rock from 1974, fusing traditional Sahel music with the style of raw, garage psych explored by the likes of Hedzoleh Soundz and Edzayawa. Limited 180g vinyl in rigid, paste-on sleeves.



George Danquah Hot And Jumpy
A seventies bolt from the blue by this graduate of the Uhuru Dance Band. 'New Dimensions in African Hustle! Reggae! Native! Soul!' Not to mention the monster funk.



Edzayawa Projection One
Moody, experimental, Ghanaian Afro-Rock recorded by these teenagers in 1973 for EMI Nigeria, after a run at Fela's Shrine.



Mark Ernestus Masikulu Dub
The Basic Channel maestro takes on Konono in his hardest, best solo mix yet. So brawling and bad-minded, dense and intense, and musically expert, it amounts to a ritual humiliation of the genre Dub Techno.



Freedom Family Ayentsoo
Terrific West African funk from 1974. The FF backed Geraldo Pino for years, before recording with Odion Iruoje (Ofege, SJOB Movement, Fela etc etc). Stone classic from start to finish. Ace notes, too.



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