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GHANA

The home of Highlife music, one of Africa's most enduring sounds.

This page was last updated on 24/6/16.



ARTISTTITLENUMBERFMTPRICEBUY
ABREKYIEBA KOFO SAMMY HUNGRY MAN ANGRY MAN BIBINI3503 CD £ 12.50
ADIKANFO TRADITIONAL MUSIC FROM GHANA CDGAM005 CD 12.50 COL
ALEX KONADU THE BEST OF VOL. 2 SYS7713 CD 11.99 COL
ALFRED 'KARI' BANNERMAN GHANA GONE JAZZ - BOOM BAYA 201 CD 14.50 COL
Recompiled and remastered.
AMAKYE DEDE ME FRE WO (Super Hi-life King) KO1 CD 11.99 COL
ATWIMA APATRAPA ADOWA GROUP ADOWA TIME EBL6117 LP 10.00 COL
B. B. OSSEI AND THE NOBLE KINGS DANCE BAND YAKO ABA 164-00-1 LP 15.00 COL
CAPTAIN YABA YABAFUNKROOTS RETRO19CD CD 11.99 COL
Re-issue of the late Captain Yaba's seven track Tinanure album from 1996 with the addition of five unreleased tracks before being mixed.
CITYSTYLE BAND ENYIMBA KWENU JRS031 LP 10.00 COL
CITYSTYLE BAND WETIN CONCERN YOU JJDLP010 LP 10.00 COL
DR. K GYASI THE HIGHLIFE DOCTOR EBL6115 LP 10.00 COL
DR. K GYASI AND NOBLE KINGS DANCE BAND SIKYI HIGHLIFE EBL6117D LP 10.00 COL
DR. PAA BOBO AHISEM KABA AHISEM TC 6.50 COL
E.T. MENSAH DAY BY DAY RETRO3CD CD 11.99 COL
E.T. MENSAH AND DR VICTOR OLAIYA HIGHLIFE SOUVENIR VOL I POLP102 LP 10.00 COL
E.T. MENSAH AND THE TEMPOS ALL FOR YOU RETRO1XCD CD 11.99 COL
Re-mastered plus 3 extra tracks.
EBAAHI SOUNDS OYE TSEI LO? EBAAHI TC £ 6.50
A lovely simple traditional style album with mixed percussion backed by guitars and some gorgeous female vocals. Produced in 1995 and a definite favourite of mine. Only released on cassette. 1. OYE TSEI LO?
2. HANI AKE FEE BO
3. EFIE TAN BO
4. ABLO TSI
5. SHOE DIN
6. GBLA MLI SANE
7. JI BO
8. AKE YAA HE KO
EDIKANFO THE PACE SETTERS EGED12 LP 10.00 COL
EKOW ALABI RETURN TO ZION SHAVACD010-2 CD £ 13.20
Debut album for Ekow who is the lead singer, composer, rapper, toaster, drummer and DJ all rolled into one. The music was recorded in Accra, Berlin and Kingston and picks up on the local sounds which he combines with his own unique style formed by playing with ex-Fela Kuti musicians in reggae groups such as Roots Anabo back in the 80's and with German based bands, Reality Brothers Band and currently Vitamin X. This album sold over 40.000 copies in Ghana with it's Kente vibes, Adrinkra feelings and Jah Love Rastafar-I. [10T/54M]
ERIC AGYEMAN GHANA GOLD MWCD3016 CD £ 12.00
Recorded at the Melkweg in Holland in 96 this album is a definite must have for anyone who likes Highlife. Guitarist and singer Eric teams up with his old friends Thomas Frimpong, Agyaaku and the Highlife All Stars to recreate the excitement of the original Highlife Safari album. Superb vocals and guitar playing are made even more special by the drumming of Nii Osiba and the spine tingling trumpet of Long John Ntumy. Throbs from from start to finish. Tracks: Ao Me Wiasei Mu, Abena Na Aden, Gye Se Wo Bre, I Don't Care, Dee Abe Beto, asanka, Efie Mpo Ni, Ao Masem Yi, Matutumirika, Odo Pa. (10T/72M) Track:Dee Abe Beto
ERIC AGYEMAN HIGHLIFE SAFARI STC3002 TC £ 7.00
ERIC AGYEMAN WONKO MENKO? EBLS7111 LP 10.00 COL
Top Ghanaian guitarist who started with Dr. K. Gyasi and the Noble Kings before joining the Sweet Talks. This album recorded in Togo and Ghana was release back in the 1980's and is just superb. Thomas Frempong is the lead vocalist for the last three while Agyaaku does the first and Eric and Osei Tutu provide the backing. Lovely all the way through. 1. WONKO MENKO?
2. NYA ABOTARE MA ME
3. ODO BRA
4. MEN KOAA
K. GYASI GUITAR BAND TIMELESS HIGH-LIFE CLASSICS SRCD023 CD 11.55 COL
KOO NIMO OHIA YE YA OHIA TC 6.50 COL
KUMBI SALEH BE A GOOD SAMARITAN TORSO33066 LP 7.00 COL
NANA AMPADU AND AFRICAN BROTHERS BAND MEBISA WTP007 LP 10.00 COL
NATIONAL FOLKLORIC CO. OF GHANA ROOTS OF HILIFE ACFH100 LP 7.00 COL
OBOADE KPANLOGO PARTY TGS115 LP 10.00 COL
ONIPA NUA SUFFER HEAD BIBINI3504 CD 12.50 COL
You may have caught his music on Jo Shinner's programme about Ghanaian music some years ago. If you heard it you would have been immediately taken by the track she played called 'Nyeno Nsanhwe'. To describe him as gravel voiced is the understatement of the year, as he makes Mahlathini sound positively squeaky! Sadly Onipa died in Paris shortly after recording this his first and only album and it was only released on cassette in Ghana. Blind from an early age he learned to play the kalimba (Ghanaian Thumb Piano) and became a well know street musician whilst also at one time holding down a job as a 'night watchman'? The music that accompanies his vocals on this album is rather nice but superfluous as his style of singing contains all the beat and rhythm within it, provided by his wonderful voice and those lip smacking percussive sounds that will be sadly missed by all who have heard him sing. 1. NYEND NSANHWE
2. KUBARI MBIMA SOYINNA
3. GANTUMA
4. ABOA AKYAKYERE
5. GYE ME TAA-TAA
6. GANTUMA REMIX
ONIPA NUA SUFFER HEAD BOMBIRIBI TC 10.00 COL
The cassette was re-issued as a CD 10 years later by the late Faisal Helwani. 1. NYEND NSANHWE
2. KUBARI MBIMA SOYINNA
3. GANTUMA
4. ABOA AKYAKYERE
5. GYE ME TAA-TAA
6. GANTUMA REMIX
OSENKAFO I. K. ANNIN CUTLASS DANCE BAND OF GHANA Vol. 2 LS36 LP 12.00 COL
OSIBISA JAMBO 1021079-2 CD £ 10.95
Ko Ko Rio Ko, Pata Pata, The Lion's Walk, Inkosi Sikeleli Africa, Mouvements, Drums 2001Carnival, Jambo, Life, Happy Feeling Rhymes, Living - Loving Feeling, Survival. [11T/48M]
OSIBISA OSIBISA MDKS8001 LP 10.00 COL
PAT THOMAS - SWEET BEANS THE MOST HISTORIC ALBUM OF... SDGA77398 CD 11.99 COL
Boy, this cat brings the Big Band Sound alive and kicking, so vigorously, you'd think it'd never been out! Two heavy Highlife albums on one CD, Asawa Do and False Lover.
RAMBLERS DANCE BAND THE HIT SOUND OF THE RAMBLERS Vol. 2 FLTRCD533 CD 12.50 COL
RAMBLERS DANCE BAND THE HIT SOUNDS OF THE RAMBLERS FLTRCD526 CD 12.50 COL
RAMBLERS DANCE BAND THE HIT SOUNDS OF THE RAMBLERS WAPS25 LP £ 10.00
The original LP that was released on CD as FLTRCD526 1. EKOMBI
2. AGYANKA DABRA
3. AMA BONSU
4. NYAME NE NHYEHEE
5. NYAME MBERE
6. ALOME
7. KNOCK ON WOOD
8. ONUA PA, DUE
9. IMA ABASI
10. BETTER NI
11. GYAE SU NA NKOMO DZI
12. MEDA GBEFA
13. MENI NDA OBIARA SO
REX OMAR DANGEROUS RXMC005 TC £ 6.50
SMILIN' OSEI ALARM BLO (DKS021) 2004806 CD £ 11.99
SUPER SWEET TALKS INTERNATIONAL THE LORD'S PRAYER STCD3009 CD 12.50 COL
SWEET TALKS AND A.B. CRENTSIL ADAM AND EVE ASHR2001 CD 11.55 COL
SWEET TALKS AND A.B. CRENTSIL HOLLYWOOD HIGHLIFE PARTY ADC301 CD 13.20 COL
TONY ETUILA MY CAR PK509 CD £ 6.00
Throbbing bass beat driven modern Ghanaian music which is actually quite nice. (8T/31M)
VARIOUS ARTISTS AFRO BABY: EVOLUTION... 1970-1979 ( 2 x LP ) SNDWLP002 LPx2 £ 12.95
1. ALIKALI ADAJO - THE SAHARA ALL STARS
2. LAGOS SISI - BOLA JOHNSON
3. SON OF MR BULL DOG - THE MEBUSAS
4. FOGO FOGO - FELA KUTI AND THE AFRICA 70
5. IRE - THE DON ISSAC EZEKIEL COMBINATION
6. IPASAN - TUNJI OYELANA AND THE BENDERS
7. ASA-SA - FRED FISHER
8. MURA SISE - ORLANDO JULIUS AND HIS AFRO SOUNDERS
9. NO WRONG SHOW - THONY SHORBY NYENWI
10. OMELEBELE - DR VICTOR OLAIYA'S INTERNATIONAL ALL STARS
11. AFRO BABY - STEPHEN OSITA AMAECHI AND HIS AFRO-RHYTHM-SKIES
12. OCHONMA - THE MARTINS BROTHERS DANCE BAND
VARIOUS ARTISTS CLASSIC HIGHLIFE 7794 CD 11.99 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS GHANA SOUNDZ SNDWCD001 CD £ 10.95
An amazing Afro beat, funk and 70's fusion album with 72 minutes and 14 tracks of superb music from a host of stars. Just feast your eyes on this lot: The Third Generation Band - Because of Money. Oscar Sully and The Uhuru Dance Band - Bukom Mashie. Marijata, Mother Africa. Ebo Taylor, Heaven. Gyedu Blay Ambolley and The Steneboofs, Simigwado. The Sweet Talks, Eyi Su Ngaangaa. The Ogyatanaa Show Band, Psychedelic Woman. K. Frimpong and His Cubano Fiestas, Hwehwe Mu Na Yi Wo Mpena. The Apagya Show Band, Kwaku Ananse. The African Brothers, Self Reliance. Rob, Make it Fast, Make it Slow. Alex Konadu, W'awu Do Ho No. The Black Star Sound, Nite Safarie. With A 16 page colour booklet on the history of the Ghana music scene with rare photos including original sleeve art it is a must have in any African music collection. Also out on gate fold LP double album. Track:Bukom Mashie
VARIOUS ARTISTS GHANA SOUNDZ Vol. 2 SNDWCD003 CD £ 10.95
Another amazing Afro beat, funk and 70's fusion album with 14 more tracks of superb music from a host of stars and with a further 16 page colour booklet on the history of the Ghana music scene with rare photos including original sleeve art it is a must have in any African music collection. Oscar Sully and the Uhuru Dance Band - Olufeme. Joe Mensah - Africa Is Home. Ebo Taylor - Atwer Abroba. The African Brothers - Sakatumbe. Ebo Taylor Jnr. and Wuta Wazuri - Mondo Soul Funky. The Sweet Talks - Kye Kye Pe Aware. The Ogyatatanaa Show Band - Disco Africa. Christy Azuma and Uppers International - Naam. Bob Pinado and His Sound Casters - Me, You, One (Means I Love You), Marijata - No Condition Is Permanent. K. Frempong and Vis A Vis - Aboagyewaa. The Uhuru Dance Band - Agbadza. Uppers Chapter 2 - Samarin Bolga. The Apagya Show Band - Tamfo Nyi Ekyir. Also out on gate fold LP double album.
VARIOUS ARTISTS GREAT AFRICAN HIGHLIFE MUSIC MLP12-131 LP 10.00 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS GREAT AFRICAN HIGHLIFE MUSIC VOL II MLP12-134 LP 10.00 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS HIGHLIFE STARS OF WEST AFRICA FAISAL TC £ 10.00
A real gem of an album covering 25 years of 'High life' music put together by the late Faisal Helwani which features tracks by Afro National, Pat Thomas, Africanium, Kwabena Okai, Kofi Sammy, Morley Dorley, Musik Makers, Koo Nimo, F. Kenya and CIAFFA. Not much was coming out of Ghana back in the 80's so this was eagerly pounced upon. The verdicts: (in the order as shown right) Great, Average, Superb, Classic big band, Nice, Average, Guitar Classic, Superb big band highlife, Really nice and lastly a space filler bit from track 5 again which I haven't included on my collection CD-R copy! Well there you have it, a very quick run down on a great album. 1. MONEY NOR BATAYA - AFRO NATIONAL
2. GYAE SU - PAT THOMAS
3. NINA - AFRICANIUM
4. ME NI WU AGYAE - KWABENA OKAI
5. MADAMFO PA - KOFI SAMMY
6. MAMA HAWA - MORLEY DORLEY
7. GBAIH - MUSIC MAKERS
8. AGYA - KOO NIMO
9. WISHING - F. KENYA
10. GINGE-WA-GINGE - CIAFFA
VARIOUS ARTISTS ROOTS OF HIGHLIFE FROM BAMAYA TO BOSOE BAMAYA TC £ 6.50
VARIOUS ARTISTS THE GUITAR AND THE GUN STEW50CD CD £ 12.50
Highlife music from the 1980's revolutionary period.
VARIOUS ARTISTS THE HIGHLIFE ALLSTARS - SANKOFA 37992 CD 12.99 COL
This CD is packed with some of the greatest of all Ghana's Highlife artists. It recalls the golden heyday of Guitar Highlife and Palm Wine music from artists such as Alex Konadu, Prince Osei Kofi, Kwadwo Tawia and Kwaku Abeka. No matter what the tempo, Ghana Reggae, Brassband Highlife or laid back Palmwine, this is irresistable dance music. (9T/63M)
VARIOUS ARTISTS ( HIGHLIFE ) AKOM KO WAP281 LP 15.00 COL
Royal Brothers - Anamon Nsiah. Boahen Star - Mede Mawereho Beko. Akwaboa's Band - Osu A Mesu, Adeakye Abia. Yamoa's Band - Nkrabea. Oppong - Asaase Nkyiri Fun. M.K. Manson - Nkokohwedee Mienu. Black Beats - Medo Wo Senea Wote Yi Ara, Anibre Sem, Me Ye Ayera. Red Spot - Oye A Kae Me. Broadway Dance Band - Menua. Stargazers Dance Band - Owu Aye Made. (13T)
VARIOUS ARTISTS (CDx2) - GHANA - NIGERIA HIGHLIFE HIGH UPS NDCD025 CDX2 16.50 COL
Track list disc 1: Red Spots - Oya Kae Me. Black Beats - Anokwa edoni. Builders Brigade - Mbra Nimfo Quist. Ramblers International - Ntoboase. Zeal Onyiah - Vicky Nyem Afum. Professional Beach - Akwantu. Akwaboa - Anuapa Due My Sympathies. Frimpong - Nkonkohweree Mmienu. Onyina - Akokoa Aye Bi Agh. Eddie Okonta and His Top Aces - Eddie's Accident. Isaiah Ejire Khinde and The Top Modern Stars - Olomi Mabo. Prince Kayosun Dosumu and His Dandies - Eso Pele. Proffessional Uhuru - Ali Wuo. Ramblers International - Akokonini Abankwa. Modernisers - Akwankwa Hieni. Charles Iwegbue and His Archibogs - Hold Me Tight Baby. Ramblers Dance Band - Ride Your Donkey. Charlotte Dada - Don't Let Me Down. Adangbe Rhythm Band - Agama. Dr Sir Warrior and The Oriental Brothers International - Unnamed. Ignace De Souza - Papa Kou Maman. Ignace De Souza - Ma Aya Nwet. Dele Ojo and His Star Brothers Band - Omo Oloja. Stargazers Band - Masan Makwo. Track list disc 2: Godwin Kabaka Opara's Oriental Brothers International - Onye Ikekwere Mekeya. Professional Uhuru - Medzi Me Sigya. E.T. Mensah and His Tempo Band - Weeya Weya. Police Band - Me Ye Fun. Akompi - Ose Obeko. Charles Iwegbue and His Archibogs - Okibo. Akompi - Meremma Bio. Eddie Okonta and His Top Aces - Tkilo. High Class Diamonds - Msaman Mfomu. Eddie Okonta - Aybrokpe. High Class Diamonds - Kae Me. Ignace De Souza - Suru Lo Dara. Professional Uhuru - Betu Me Ho Awow. E.T. Mensah - School Girl. New Star - Late Obadeyi. Ahamano's Guitar Band - Me Nsae Da. Akompi's Guitar Band - Onyame Na Oye. Onyina - Baako Yeyaw. Oppong's Guitar Band -Anadwo Bea. Haruna Ishola - Buere Ile Komoyi Ode. Ignace De Souza with Ani Johnson and E.K. Asare - Augustina. E.T. Mensah and The Tempos - You Call Me Roko. Kroo Young Stars Rhythm Group - Oci Te Bi. Ramblers International - Wgya Saman.
VICTOR OLAIYA BEST OF VOL. 2 - EVIL GENIUS KMCD007 CD 11.55 COL
VICTOR OLAIYA ILU LE O POLP096 LP 10.00 COL
VICTOR OLAIYA IN THE SIXTIES POLP066 LP 10.00 COL
Ten georgeous tracks of original 50's and 60's Highlife from the man they call the 'Evil Genius of Highlife' and when you've heard this album I'm sure you'll agree that it's oh so true. Victor plays a scorcher on his trumpet and loads of beautiful guitar and laid back percussion coupled with a great horn section, it all goes into making a classic album. I can't sum it up better than to repeat what it say's on the sleeve notes.'SOUND MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THESE'. Favorite track for me is Lafia We Lawani with it's stunning percussive finish.
VICTOR OLAIYA THE BEST OF - 3 DECADES OF HIGHLIFE OKMCD003 CD 11.55 COL




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