Highlife On The Move: Selected Nigerian & Ghanaian Recordings from London & Lagos 1954​-​66

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Moni What an amazing Highlife compilation! A broad selection of tracks including two unheard early Fela songs that were sitting in a vault for 50 years. Get your dancing shoes on and head on down to the tea-time dance! Favorite track: Okokoko.
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In conjunction with compiler and highlife researcher Dr. Markus Coester, Soundway Records present a very special release.

Highlife On The Move includes the two first ever recordings by a certain 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.

In many ways this compilation is a prequel of sorts to Soundway's 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.

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released March 16, 2015

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Soundway Records UK

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Founded in 2002 by English DJ and Producer Miles Cleret, Soundway Records has released a number of critically acclaimed compilation albums and re-issues of African, Caribbean, Latin and Asian music from the 1950s-80s.

Since 2012, the label has also begun to issue original contemporary releases from around the world.
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