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Ghana Soundz: Afrobeat, Funk and Fusion in the 70's

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  • Audio CD (9 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Soundway Records
  • ASIN: B00006RSNF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,310 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Because Of Money - 3rd Generation - 3rd Generation
  2. Bukom Mashie - Oscar Sulley - Oscar Sulley
  3. Mother Africa - Marijata - Marijata
  4. Heaven - Ebo Taylor - Ebo Taylor
  5. Simigwado - Gyedu Blay Ambolley - Gyedu Blay Ambolley
  6. Eyi Su Ngaangaa - Sweet Talks - Sweet Talks
  7. Ageisheka - The Ogyatanaa Show Band - The Ogyatanaa Show Band
  8. Psychedelic Woman - Honny & The Bees Band - Honny & The Bees Band
  9. Hwehwe Mu Na Yi Wo Mpena - K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas - K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas
  10. Kwaku Ananse - The Apagya Show Band - The Apagya Show Band
  11. Self Reliance - African Brothers - African Brothers
  12. Make It Fast, Make It Slow - Rob - Rob
  13. W'awu Do Ho No - Alex Konadu - Alex Konadu
  14. Nite Safarie - The Black Star Sound - The Black Star Sound

Product Description

Product Description

The first in the series of highly acclaimed compilations from the Soundway team forming a unique window on a music scene previously unknown outside of Ghana. “Seriously danceable from start to finish” **** - MOJO “Intoxicating…deserves a place in your collection” – THE WIRE “Unique Ghanaian Vibes” – STRAIGHT NO CHASER “A West African Funk explosion” – NEW YORK TIMES Tracks: The 3rd Generation Band- Because Of Money / Oscar Sulley & The Uhuru Dance Bands – Bukom Mashie / Marijata – Mother Africa / Ebo Taylor – Heaven / Gyedu Blay Ambolley & The Steneboofs – Simigwa-Do / The Sweet Talks – Eyi Su Ngaangaa / The Ogyatanaa Show Band – Ageisheka / Honny & The Bees Band – Psychedelic Woman / K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas – Hwehwe Mu Ya 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.

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A true historical landmark, Ghana Soundz: Afrobeat Funk & Fusion in 70's was produced by an Englishman named Miles Cleret who spent two years in Ghana hunting for rare master tapes and information about a sparsely documented and under-appreciated genre. He not only has fabulous ears, but also wrote the exhaustively detailed, infectiously enthusiastic liner notes.

During the 1960s, Highlife was the reigning musical craze in Ghana, but Western-derived rock and R & B influences were seeping in, creating a daringly experimental jazz-funk scene. Big bands combined home-grown drumming and chanting with cheeky, slapping bass lines, motel-bar organs, and guitars that wah-wahed their way from Muscle Shoals to Haight-shbury. These elements were typically, but not universally, augmented by braying horn sections whose soloists seemed to be channeling Miles and Bird. The closest African equivalent was Fela Anikulapo Kuti's huge, James Brownsian travelling mayhem machine, but even that priapic Nigerian icon's antics seem tame next to some of these tracks. --Christina Roden, Amazon.com

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Nigerian 70's funk is well-documented, but not so Ghanaian. On the evidence of this that should not be the case. Plenty of storming cuts here to tickle the fancy of any fan of that funky, jazzy, distinctly West African sound. If you enjoyed Strut's Nigeria 70, you will love this. It's 4 and a half stars, by the way!
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I've bought quite a few of these comps recently on cd and this, along with analog africa series & Ethiopiques, are all excellent. I have some of the nigerian and benin music on vinyl but i've never seen these ghanian records so they are genuinely rare.
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Some brilliant grooves like 'Psychedelic Woman'and 'W'awu Do Ho No' plus fun stuff like 'Make it fast, make it slow' made me smile. These guys sound like they were having a a great time making such fine music. Happy times.
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For fans of Fela and the late great James Brown, this will be yet another source of eternal musical delight - breakbeats like only West Africa can do them - better than the best
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best CD of the year 2 Sept. 2003
By Kevin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a gem! I bought a lot of great African music this year but this CD stands out as the best overall. There are a lot of amazing songs here - and you'll never hear these played on a commercial radio station...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars quality afro funk with horns 9 Aug. 2009
By Scott McWade - Published on Amazon.com
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Compilation is the result of 2 years of crate digging in Ghana for 1970s afro funk nuggets. Booty shaking good times for all. If afro funk with horns is your thing, this is well worth acquiring. Put on your most colorful dashiki, prepare some african foods and take some friends on a journey to the heart of funkiness. Ghana Soundz was Soundway's first entry, in what has become a catalog rich with facinating and entertaining african obscurities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Like African Music... 1 Jun. 2004
By F. W. Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You've got to get this. From Fela-inspired Afrobeat to bizarre attempts at psychedelia to flat out dance craziness, this cd has it all. Wonderful package (including an amazing cover), but more importantly, this is absolutely great music.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sampling of Prime Booty Movers from Ghana 14 Aug. 2010
By Cromulus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Christina Roden is wrong when she says that Fela Kuti's "priapic" moves sometimes seem tame by comparison with what's on this CD - nothing here is as fierce as "Zombie", "Gentleman" or "Roforofo Fight" - but some songs come close and the CD is a wonderful introduction to some of Ghana's prime booty movers. Nothing here closely resembles the highlife sounds usually associated with Ghana, the juju sounds of King Sunny Ade (except for K Frimpon), or the Senegalese-Cuban rhythms of Orchestra Baobab; if anything, it's the spirit of James Brown that can be felt all the way through.

There is a second volume called Ghana Soundz Volume II. It compliments Volume I perfectly and that also comes highly recommended.
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