Friday, Nov 19 2004 | 13:22

The compilation series “Ghana Soundz” was an idea first hatched 3 years ago by compiler and DJ Miles Cleret. Since then he has painstakingly traveled the length and breadth of Ghana to assemble three collections of rare Afro-beat, Afro-funk and Afro-fusion, most of which has never been released outside of Africa and some of which is unreleased anywhere. The musicians and producers have been tracked down, licenses gained, and the information, notes and history pieced together. These albums form a unique window on a scene previously unknown outside of Ghana until “Volume One” was released.

Pounding rhythms, blaring horns and pumping vocals “ the music is a document of a time forgotten when flares and Cuban heels strutted the streets and night-spots of Accra, the sizzlingly hot and humid capital of Ghana. Influenced as much by traditional rhythms and local highlife as by the music of Fela Kuti, James Brown and Santana, these tunes had almost become extinct “ until now!

Following the success of the 2002 release “Ghana Soundz Volume One”, Soundway are happy to announce the long awaited “Volume Two”. The wait has been due to the fact that this is not simply any old compilation but one that has taken a lot of time, passion and energy to compile, plus another visit to Ghana to boot.

Afro-music continues to inspire a whole host of musicians, producers and DJs but even now the full picture of Afro-music in the 1960s and 70s is still far from being properly represented. “Ghana Soundz Volume 2” goes some way to addressing the balance. The second volume is going to be released November 22, 2004.

Soundway is a British record label based in Brighton, England. Their mission is to release underground tropical dance music with a funky flavour. With a philosophy of quality not quantity the people behind Soundway hope to delve deep into areas that have gone unnoticed, uncovering tasty musical gems for the dance-floor and beyond. The releases will all be accompanied by detailed research and all will be fully licensed. Music from Africa, Latin America the Caribbean that stands out as being original or different in some way will be on the agenda “ and of course they hope to hear from contemporary musicians, producers and remixers whether they be from London, Lagos, Rio, or Montreal who have been inspired by these sounds.

Various – Ghana Soundz Vol. 2 (Soundway)

01. Oscar Sulley & The Uhuru Dance Band “ Olufeme
02. The Ogyatanaa Show Band “ Disco Africa
03. Ebo Taylor “ Atwer Abroba
04. Ebo Taylor Jnr. “ Mondo Soul Funky
05. K.Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas “ Aboagyewaa
06. Joe Mensah “ Africa is Home
07. The Apagya Show Band “ Tamfo Nyi Ekyir
08. Christy Azuma & Uppers International “ Naam
09. The Uhuru Dance Band “ Agbadza
10. Marijata “ No Condition is Permanent
11. The Sweet Talks “ KyeKye Pe Aware
12. Bob Pinado & His Sound Casters “ Me, You , One means I love you
13. Uppers Chapter 2 “ Samarin Bolga
14. The African Brothers “ Sakatumbe

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