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Apagya Show Band
Ma Nserew Me
K.Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas
Me Yee Owu Den
Ebo Taylor & The Sweet Beans
Odofo Nyi Akyiri Biara
Awula Bo Fee Ene
Live In Other World
Apagya Show Band
Rob (with Mag-2)
De Frank Professionals
Afe Ato Yen Bio
African Brothers Band
Ngyegye No So
Ebo Taylor & The Pelicans
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.
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.
presents two more --
. While the first band developed into one of the country's best, to such an extent that none other than
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.
is like a time capsule, and promises to take you on a fascinating musical journey through West Africa's vintage Afro sounds.
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