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Out 16 September 2013 on Analog Africa
Available as 2xCD with 44-page booklet / 2xLP Gatefold LP / Digital Album
 
Track-listing:
1. “Aja Wondo” – Uppers International
2. “Children Don’t Cry” – Ebo Taylor Jnr.
3. “Do Your Own Thing” – De Frank
4. “Obiara Wondo” – The Cutlass Band
5. “Waiting For My Baby” – De Frank and His Professionals
6. “Wope Me A Ka” – The African Brothers
7. “Kana Soro” – Los Issufu and his Moslems
8. “Gbei Kpakpa Hife Sika” – Waza-Afriko 76
9. “Loose Up Yourself” – Rob
10. “I Beg” – Tony Sarfo & The Funky Afrosibi
11. “Abrabo” – K. Frimpong
12. “Say Min Sy Soh” – Pierre Antoine and Vis-a-Vis
13. “God Is Love” – Complex Soundz
 
From the coastal cities of Accra and Cape Coast, basked in a tropical sound heavily influenced by highlife, to the semi-Saharan cities of Tamalé and Bolgatanga via the central city of Kumasi, Analog Africa has criss-crossed Ghana in search of rare tracks for their ‘Afrobeat Airways’ series.

 

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Following the success of the first instalment in 2009, the second volume features 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: legendary singer K. FrimpongNana Ampedu (leader of the mighty African Brothers Band), Gyedu-Blay Ambolley and his superb guest appearance with The Complex Sounds, Afrobeat star Ebo Taylor, the enigmatic Rob and his unique blend of twisted Afrofunk, innovative drummer De Frank, and Uppers International with their raw Islamic funk style. More obscure artists such as Los Issufu & His MoslemsWaza Afrika 76 and Tony Sarfo & The Funky Afrosibi add 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.

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 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 organising unforgettable dance competitions, ‘Miss Tip Toe’ contests and the most in-demand highlife and Afrobeat gigs of the day. 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. These include the six featured above:
1. MISS TIP TOE
2. AFRICAN BROTHERS @ ACCRA AIRPORT CIRCA 76
3. TIP TOE DANCE COMPETITION WINNERS 1971
4. TIP TOP DANCE COMPETITION 1971
5. COMPLEX SOUNDS 1977 @ TALK OF THE TOWN HOTEL TEMA
6. UPPERS INTERNATIONAL AND THEIR TOUR BUS
 
 
 
 
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