Posted by: funk. | November 5, 2009

Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds and Ghanaian Blue 1968-1981

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So, every other day or so I take the time to peruse the blogs…get in my load of new music.  Randomly, I decided to go  to http://www.gorillavsbear.blogspot.com.  It is one of those blogs filled to the brim with great newmusic.  To think that I am the be-all-end-all of finders of new music is to be in total denial.  I love music and am therefore on a cosntant search for something to satiate me.

Soundway Records is a U.K.record label that specializes in something very unique–60’s and 70’s funk, disco, and rock from West Africa.  Their newest release is comprised of a slew of different musicians that recorded this stuff from the 60’s to the 80’s but were never released.  The album, Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds and Ghanaian Blue 1968-1981, is ridiculoualy fantastic.  Talk about getting your hips moving.  The rhymthms are multi-dimensional and the guitars are all over the place…in a good way.  Sometimes you have to wonder whether you are listening some remixed James Brown or something by Quantic.  But the truth of the matter is that these are songs.  It also proves that music is something universal.  In the end, it doesn’t matter that most of the songs are in a different language–the message still translates through the instruments.

Not to mention Fela Kuti and Sir Victor Uwaifo are also featured in the album.  Yum.

This is the only track that I have been able to find.  The album is released November 10, 2009.  Check it out

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