Highlife On The Move Selected Nigerian & Ghanaian Recordings From London & Lagos 1954-66

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  • 1. Ginger Folorunso Johnson & His Afro-Cuban Band – Highlife No. 5
  • 2. Kwamalah Quaye Sextetto Africana – Son Of Africa
  • 3. Nigerian Union Rhythm Group – Abeni
  • 4. Steve Rhodes & His London Hi-lifers – Drink A Tea
  • 5. Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Highlife Rakers – Fela’s Special
  • 6. Steve Rhodes & His London Hi-lifers – Oju Rere
  • 7. Chris Ajilo And His Cubanos – Afro Mood
  • 8. Soundz Africana – Africana
  • 9. Black Star Band, The – Obaa Amponsa Pandogo
  • 10. Buddy Pipp's Highlifers – Ghana Special
  • 11. Quavers, The – Money Money
  • 12. Afro Rhythm Kings – Donaldo’s Samba
  • 13. Afro Rhythm Kings – Marabi Dance
  • 14. Quavers, The – Kitch
  • 15. Bobby Benson & His Orchestra – Okokoko
  • 16. John Santos MartinsZeal Onyia & His Band – Fancy Baby
  • 17. E. C. Arinze & The Empire Rhythm Orchestra – Biko Rapum Paulina
  • 18. John Santos MartinsZeal Onyia & His Band – Maggie
  • 19. Lord GandaRupert Nurse’s Calypso Band – Ghana, Forward Forever
  • 20. Adams’ African Sky Rockets – A Night in Port Harcourt
  • 21. Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Highlife Rakers – Aigana
  • 22. Nigerian Union Rhythm Group – Tortoise Mambo
  • 23. Bobby Benson & His Combo – Niger Mambo
  • 24. Rans Boi’s African Highlife Band – Highlife Comes to Europe
  • 25. Eddie Lamptey & The Peoples Highlife Band Feat. Eddie Red – Tettey Maria
  • 26. West African Rhythm Brothers – Egbe Mi
  • 27. West African Rhythm Brothers – Iwa D’Arekere
  • 28. West African Swing Stars – Omo Africa
  • 29. Ginger Folorunso Johnson & His Afro-Cuban Band – Brown Skin Gal
  • 30. Awotwi Paynin & His Ghana Rockers – Brown Skin Gal
  • 31. Buddy Pipp's Highlifers – Georgina
  • 32. T. Odueso’s Akesan Highlifers – Eyo Mano Mi
  • 33. Nigerian Union Rhythm Group – Ojikolobo
  • 34. Willie Payne & The Starlite Tempos – Wa Sise
  • 35. Ransome-Kuti & His Koola Lobitos – Nigerian Independence
  • 36. The Black Star Band – Abrokyiri Gwo Yi
  • 37. The Black Star Band – Ekuona Rhythm
  • 38. Victor Ola-Iya & His ‘Cool Cats’ – Anyin Ga Na

** Includes the first two tracks ever recorded by Fela Kuti - reissued for the first time ever! **

In many ways 'Highlife On The Move' is a prequel of sorts to the groundbreaking Nigeria & Ghana Special compilations, telling the early story of modern highlife's foundation & formulation. It traces the music from West Africa to London, adding elements of jazz, mambo and calypso along the way and paving the way for the afro sounds of the 1970s. 

Also included is a bonus 7" with the vinyl (and both tracks are on the CD edition) featuring the two first ever recordings by Fela Ransome Kuti with his band, The Highlife Rakers. Recorded by Melodisc in London in 1960 both tracks have been unearthed after more than fifty years in hiding! Essential!

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