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The MOGA Highlife Half-Hour

This show will showcase the best in dance-band Highlife, a sound that originated in Ghana and spread to a number of neighbouring countries. The popular sound cemented itself in the late 1950's as the country's national music, later proclaimed so by Nkrumah himself. During the golden era (60's and early 70's), mainly on a Saturday night, the genre's biggest names could be seen performing at one of Accra's many popular nightclubs.

It’s been a little while since the last show, but I have been in Ghana on a ‘research’ trip. Record shops are few and far between in Ghana which means that we often ended up at people’s house, or bars. We met a lot of interesting characters along the way- including Mr. Kwaku Rasta of Jamestown. The tracks in this selection are a showcase of some of the records I found, including songs from Alex Konadu, Yamoah’s Band, Prince Nico Mbarga and the Kumapim Royals Band. I will be sharing some more of our finds in the next show. Enjoy!

It’s been a little while since the last show, I hope the wait is worth it. I’ve been scouring record shops and the net to find the very best Highlife music for you listeners. This show follows the trajectory of my previous mixes, starting with a more sombre mood and moving into happier, up-tempo sounds. The tracks from this selection are all either Nigerian or Ghanaian- two of the most prominent countries in terms of producing Highlife. I hope you enjoy and plan to be back sooner.

This is the second show in the MOGA Highlife Half-Hour series; presenting some of the best Highlife music to come out of Ghana and Nigeria. With an array of up-tempo and melancholic tracks we take you on a real musical journey. From Palm Wine music to funky guitar band style - you’ll be dancing, then crying, then dancing some more.

1. Dr K Gyasi & His Noble Kings - Yede Aba, Mene Menua Mie

2. Celestine Ukwu & the Philosophers National - Elege

3. Vis-à-vis - Susan Suo

4. Bob Akwaboa’s Guitar Band - Ena Ne Agya Awu

This show will showcase the best in dance-band Highlife, a sound that originated in Ghana and spread to a number of neighbouring countries. The popular sound cemented itself in the late 1950's as the country's national music, later proclaimed so by Nkrumah himself. During the golden era (60's and early 70's), mainly on a Saturday night, the genre's biggest names could be seen performing at one of Accra's many popular nightclubs.

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