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Uppers International Dankasa
03 :34
02
Apagya Show Band Ma Nserew Me
04 :04
03
K.Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas Me Yee Owu Den
08 :45
04
Marijata Break Through
05 :09
05
Ebo Taylor & The Sweet Beans Odofo Nyi Akyiri Biara
09 :36
06
Orchestre Abass Awula Bo Fee Ene
03 :48
07 05 :06
08
Apagya Show Band Mumunde
03 :04
09
Rob (with Mag-2) More
05 :15
10
Cos-Ber-Zam Ne Noya
04 :12
11
De Frank Professionals Afe Ato Yen Bio
04 :42
12
African Brothers Band Ngyegye No So
06 :29
13
Uppers International Neriba Lanchina
03 :54
14
Ebo Taylor & The Pelicans Come Along
10 :56
ARTIST
TITLE
Afro-Beat Airways
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
AACD 068CD AACD 068CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
8/17/2010

Subtitled: West African Shock Waves: Ghana & Togo 1972-1978. Organ-driven Afro-beat, cosmic Afro-funk and raw, psychedelic boogie -- just some of the flavors to be found on this highly danceable compilation by Samy Ben Redjeb, founder of Analog Africa. No effort has been spared! To document these irresistible tracks and the music scene from the '70s, Samy crisscrossed the lengths of Ghana and Togo in search of the producers and artists -- or their relatives. In the process, he recorded a dozen interviews, scanned 90 pictures and transferred 120 master tapes. All the evidence can be seen in the 44-page full-color booklet accompanying these 75 minutes of heavy West African sounds. Afro-Beat Airways showcases an amazing diversity of local rhythms spiced with Afro-American funk, soul and jazz. Samy Ben Redjeb, in his own words: "While some light has been cast on the Ghanaian music scene of the 1970s, Togolese music is relatively obscure and badly documented. However, we are working on this! In fact, we've already made a start, with our previous Analog Africa compilation African Scream Contest which showcased 3 Togolese artists. Afro-Beat Airways presents two more -- Orchestre Abass and Cos-Ber-Zam. While the first band developed into one of the country's best, to such an extent that none other than Fela Kuti once offered them a contract to play at his Afro-Spot night club (which later became The Shrine), the second artist was a one-hit wonder. "Né Noya" was a monster hit in Togo, but it is to-date the only release by this obscure artist. The reason why I decided to include these Togolese tracks on this compilation is that they were all recorded in Ghana and thus they worked well in the mix." These tracks have been hiding for 30 years, and, as you will hear, these are modern African sounds created to stand the test of time. Afro-Beat Airways is like a time capsule, and promises to take you on a fascinating musical journey through West Africa's vintage Afro sounds.