Various ‎– Highlife On The Move (Selected Nigerian & Ghanaian Recordings From London & Lagos - 1954-66)

Soundway ‎– SNDWCD060
2 × CD, Compilation


1-1 Ginger Folorunso Johnson & His Afro-Cuban Band Highlife No. 5
1-2 Kwamalah Quaye Sextetto Africana Son Of Africa
1-3 Nigerian Union Rhythm Group Abeni
1-4 Steve Rhodes & His London Hi-lifers Drink A Tea
1-5 Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Highlife Rakers Fela’s Special
1-6 Steve Rhodes & His London Hi-lifers Oju Rere
1-7 Chris Ajilo And His Cubanos Afro Mood
1-8 Soundz Africana Africana
1-9 The Black Star Band Obaa Amponsa Pandogo
1-10 Buddy Pipp's Highlifers Ghana Special
1-11 The Quavers Money Money
1-12 Afro Rhythm Kings Donaldo’s Samba
1-13 Afro Rhythm Kings Marabi Dance
1-14 The Quavers Kitch
1-15 Bobby Benson & His Orchestra* Okokoko
1-16 John Santos Martins Accompanied By Zeal Onyia & His Band* Fancy Baby
1-17 E. C. Arinze & The Empire Rhythm Orchestra Biko Rapum Paulina
1-18 John Santos Martins Accompanied By Zeal Onyia & His Band* Maggie
1-19 Lord Ganda & Rupert Nurse’s Calypso Band* Ghana, Forward Forever
1-20 Adams’ African Sky Rockets A Night in Port Harcourt
2-1 Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Highlife Rakers Aigana
2-2 Nigerian Union Rhythm Group Tortoise Mambo
2-3 Bobby Benson & His Combo* Niger Mambo
2-4 Rans Boi’s African Highlife Band* Highlife Comes to Europe
2-5 Eddie Lamptey & The Peoples Highlife Band* Feat. Eddie Red Tettey Maria
2-6 West African Rhythm Brothers Egbe Mi
2-7 West African Rhythm Brothers Iwa D’Arekere
2-8 West African Swing Stars Omo Africa
2-9 Ginger Folorunso Johnson & His Afro-Cuban Band Brown Skin Gal
2-10 Awotwi Paynin & His Ghana Rockers Brown Skin Gal
2-11 Buddy Pipp's Highlifers Georgina
2-12 T. Odueso’s Akesan Highlifers Eyo Mano Mi
2-13 Nigerian Union Rhythm Group Ojikolobo
2-14 Willie Payne & The Starlite Tempos Wa Sise
2-15 Ransome-Kuti & His Koola Lobitos* Nigerian Independence
2-16 The Black Star Band Abrokyiri Gwo Yi
2-17 The Black Star Band Ekuona Rhythm
2-18 Victor Ola-Iya & His ‘Cool Cats’* Anyin Ga Na


From site of label:

"In conjunction with compiler and highlife researcher Dr. Markus Coester, Soundway Records present a very special release. Double CD & triple 180g gatefold vinyl (with a bonus 7 inch).

This 45 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.

Accompanied by a 44 page CD booklet and 12 page vinyl booklet, the notes by Dr. Coester include rare photographs, labels and advert reproductions alongside some stunning and very rare recordings. "