Various Artists: High Life Time 2 (Vampi Soul)

 |   |  <1 min read

Celestine Ukwu and His Philosophers National: Okwukwe Na Nichekwub (1974)
Various Artists: High Life Time 2 (Vampi Soul)

The enjoyable reissues of West African music by the Strut, Sound Way and Vampi Soul labels (Funky Lagos, Ghana Special, High Life and others) have brought back music from the Sixties and Seventies on well annotated double-discs.

This Vampi Soul sequel wraps up more legendary artists/bands from Ghana and Nigeria (E.T. Mensah and the Tempos, The Ramblers Dance Band etc) alongside lesser known names for an intoxicating collection of woozy horns, slippery guitars, bubbling percussion and Latin-inspired rhythms.

How can you not want an album with such handsomely named artists like International Charles Iwegbue and His Hino Sound, Prince Nico Mbarga and Rocafil Jazz, Sir Victor Uwaifo and His Titibitis of Africa, Smart Nkansah and His Sweet Talks, and Dr Sir Warrior and His Oriental Brothers International? 

Summer on these cold days.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Yasmine Hamdan: Ya Nass (Crammed Discs/Southbound)

Yasmine Hamdan: Ya Nass (Crammed Discs/Southbound)

Out of the Lebanon -- where she co-founded an electronica duo Soapkills -- and now based in Paris, this striking singer-writer and counterculture figure in the Arab world really hits her straps... > Read more

Keleketla!: Keleketla! (Ahead of Our Time/digital outlets)

Keleketla!: Keleketla! (Ahead of Our Time/digital outlets)

Given the geographical and cultural diversity here – from the late Tony Allen and the Watts Prophets to South African artists from Soweto, West Papua highlands' singers Benny and Maria Wenda... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

MUSIC, AND THE PRICE MUSICIANS PAY (2016): The New Zealand Music Foundation Wellbeing Service.

MUSIC, AND THE PRICE MUSICIANS PAY (2016): The New Zealand Music Foundation Wellbeing Service.

So, until he published his recent autobiography, who knew Bruce Springsteen had been suffering massive anxiety issues for over a decade? The man who seems to stride the world confidently has... > Read more

THE 2019 AUCKLAND LANEWAY FESTIVAL: A video primer

THE 2019 AUCKLAND LANEWAY FESTIVAL: A video primer

The annual Auckland Laneway Festival – once again in the pleasant surroundings of central Albert Park – is on this Monday January 28th (Auckland Anniversary Day). As with all... > Read more