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GHANA Electric Highlife: Sessions from the Bokoor Studios

Naxos World Music
GHANA Electric Highlife: Sessions from the Bokoor Studios

Composer(s):
Artist(s)
Genre World
Category World
Catalogue 76030-2
Label Naxos World Music
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 6.99
 

 

   




Review By Doctor Rhythm,April 2002

"Naxos is a German label best known for classical music. They have branched out and are now issuing world music under their Naxos World imprint, and plan a dozen budget-priced new albums this year. I got two new releases to check out: the first, ELECTRIC HIGHLIFE, is a set of classic eighties highlife from Ghana...If you are a fan of classic highlife check this one out...The music reveals the influences of colonial brass ensembles, sea shanties, finger-picked guitar, call-and-response vocals, choppy organs and sweet melodies. Naxos promises thorough documentation with the CD when it is released later this month."



Review By Steve Heilig,The Beat,June 2002

"Highlife is eternally cool...Half a dozen groups present songs which often sound of much older vintage, and indeed some are based on old folk tunes, with the sweet guitars dominating throughout. My favorite tune and band name comes from the Beach Scorpions, who use a mandolin and clarinet to sweeten the sting."



Review By Doctor Rhythm,April 2002

"Naxos is a German label best known for classical music. They have branched out and are now issuing world music under their Naxos World imprint, and plan a dozen budget-priced new albums this year. I got two new releases to check out: the first, ELECTRIC HIGHLIFE, is a set of classic eighties highlife from Ghana...If you are a fan of classic highlife check this one out...The music reveals the influences of colonial brass ensembles, sea shanties, finger-picked guitar, call-and-response vocals, choppy organs and sweet melodies. Naxos promises thorough documentation with the CD when it is released later this month."



Review By Robert Nolan,Global Rhythm Magazine,September 2002

"The world might have missed out on Electric Highlife: Sessions from the Bokoor Studios (Naxos World), an eclectic compilation of some of Ghana's most influential highlife players. The styles represented by the eight bands on Electric Highlife laid the groundwork for the Afropop explosion of the mid-'80s, and helped bring the upbeat sound to hungry Western audiences."



Review By Steve Heilig,The Beat,June 2002

"Highlife is eternally cool...Half a dozen groups present songs which often sound of much older vintage, and indeed some are based on old folk tunes, with the sweet guitars dominating throughout. My favorite tune and band name comes from the Beach Scorpions, who use a mandolin and clarinet to sweeten the sting."



Review By Tehuti Kamau,Upbeat,June 2002

"A music that truly lives up to its name, these highlights from one of highlife's finest moments leave no doubt to its abundant appeal and diversity... Here lies the proof on Electric Highlife that "modern" dance music can be made for--and increase-thinking."



Review By Bob Tarte,Miami New Times,May 2002

For examples of classic African popular music that keep the kitsch at bay, the budget Naxos World label delivers a top-notch anthology of early 1980s music with Electric Highlife: Sessions from the Bokoor Studio...This, incidentally, is the perfect companion disc for Collins's 1992 book on West African pop music and the heady days of the Bokoor Music Studio, West African Pop Roots (Temple University Press).








 

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