Analog Africa No.14 - AFRO-BEAT AIRWAYS 2
Return Flight to Ghana 1974-1983
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 (part of a self-proclaimed 'Islamic Funk Belt') via the central city of Kumasi, Analog Africa has criss-crossed Ghana in search of rare tracks for the Afrobeat Airways series.
Following the success of the first instalment in 2009, Analog Africa is proud to present the second volume - a selection of 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. Frimpong; Nana Ampedu (leader of the mighty African Brothers Band); Gyedu-Blay Ambolley and his superb guest appearance with The Complex Sounds; afrobeat star Ebo Taylor, backing his son in an unreleased track called 'Children Don't Cry'; 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 and his Moslems, Waza Afrika 76 and Tony Sarfo and his Funky Afrosibi make northern hemisphere debuts, adding 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. 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 organizing 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!
Mastering by Michael Graves at Osiris studio (Atlanta) www.osirisstudio.com
Graphic Design by Kathrin Remest (Algodonales) ommadrugada.blogspot.com
Biographies Vikram Sohonie (New York)
Additional writing by Banning Eyre (New York) and Michael E. Veal (New York)
Text editing by Banning Eyre (New York), Jon Lusk (New Orleans), Jimmy 'Trash' Alexander (Berlin)
Vinyl record cutting by Daniel Krieger at SST (Frankfurt)
Compiled by Samy Ben Redjeb
Executive Producer : Samy Ben Redjeb for Analog Africa
UGS : AALP074