VA - Highlife on the Move: Selected Nigerian and Ghanaian Recordings from London and Lagos 1954-66 (2015)
Funk, Jazz, Fusion, World Music | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:50:33 | 253 MB
Label: Soundway Records | Release Year: 2015
In conjunction with compiler and highlife researcher Dr. Markus Coester, Soundway Records present a very special release. This 45 includes the two first ever recordings by a certain Fela Ransome Kuti with his band The Highlife Rakers. Recorded by Melodisc in London in 1960 both tracks have been unearthed after more than fifty years in hiding. In many ways this compilation is a prequel of sorts to Soundway's groundbreaking Nigeria & Ghana Special compilations, telling the early story of modern highlife's foundation & formulation. It traces the music from West Africa to London, adding elements of jazz, mambo and calypso along the way and paving the way for the afro sounds of the 1970s.