VARIOUS - AFROBEAT AIRWAYS 2 (2LP)

VARIOUS - AFROBEAT AIRWAYS 2 (2LP)

LP (12"/10" Album)

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Label: ANALOG AFRICA

Release date: 25/10/2016

Barcode: 4260126060951

Catalog no.: AALP0000074

Item ID: 389086

'Return Flight To Ghana 1974-1983'. From the coastal cities of
Accra and Cape Coast, basked in a tropical sound heavily
influenced by highlife, to the semi-Saharan cities of Tamal and
Bolgatanga (part of a self-proclaimed Islamic Funk Belt) via
the central city of Kumasi, Analog Africa has criss-crossed
Ghana in search of rare tracks for the 'Afrobeat Airways'
series. Following the success of the first instalment in 2009,
Analog Africa now presents the second volume, offering a
selection of 13 ultra-rare tracks composed by some of the
musical giants who had created a movement that rocked the West African nation throughout the '70s. Featured are legendary
singer K. Frimpong, Nana Ampedu (leader of the mighty African
Brothers Band), Gyedu-Blay Ambolley and his superb guest
appearance with The Complex Sounds, afrobeat star Ebo Taylor,
backing his son in an unreleased track called 'Children Don't
Cry', the enigmatic Rob and his unique blend of twisted
afrofunk, innovative drummer De Frank and Uppers International,
with their raw Islamic funk style. At the same time more
obscure artists such as Los Issufu & his Moslems, Waza Afriko
76 and Tony Sarfo & His Funky Afrosibi make their northern hemisphere debuts, adding to a rich list of Ghanaian artists
whose music could be transferred seamlessly to any dancefloor
in the world. Three years in the making, the accompanying
44-page booklet of 'Afrobeat Airways 2' features an
introductory essay written by Afropop Worldwide editor Banning
Eyre, exploring the development of soul, funk and Afrobeat
during the '60s and '70s in Ghana. The remaining 30 pages are
packed with interviews and biographies of the artists and
producers involved in the creation of this wonderful music.
Additionally, the Analog Africa team have managed to track down the photographers of the famous Modern Photo studios, located
at the front of Accra's legendary Tip Toe, a venue notorious
for organizing unforgettable dance competitions, Miss Tip Toe
contests and the most in-demand highlife and Afrobeat gigs of
the era. To document what happened within the music scene in
Ghana during that time, 400 negatives have been lent to the
Analog Africa team. Samy Ben Redjeb selected 50 of the most
expressive pictures to document what could well be Analog
Africa's most beautiful booklet to date!
Tracks:
01. Aja Wondo - Uppers International
02. Children Don't Cry - Ebo Taylor Jr.
03. Do Your Own Thing - De Frank's Band
04. Obiara Wondo - The Cutlass Band
05. Waiting For My Baby - De Frank & His Professionals
06. Wope Me A Ka - The African Brothers
07. Kana Soro - Los Issufu & His Moslems
08. Gbei Kpakpa Hife Sika - Waza-Afriko 76
09. Loose Up Yourself - Rob
10. I Beg - Tony Sarfo & The Funky Afrosibi
11. Abrabo - K. Frimpong
12. Say Min Sy Soh - Pierre Antoine & Vis-a-Vis
13. God Is Love - Complex Soundz

Also available: AFROBEAT AIRWAYS 2 (CD).

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