Various ‎– Living Is Hard: West African Music In Britain, 1927-1929

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Label:
Honest Jon's Records ‎– HJRLP33
Format:
2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country:
UK
Released:
2008
Genre:
Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style:
African

Tracklist

Position Artists Title/Credits Duration
A1 Oni Johnson Garse Yer Fido
A2 Isaac Jackson (2) Nitsi Koko Ko Ko
A3 Ben Simmons (2) [Blank]
A4 Harry E. Quashie Anadwofa
A5 Ben Simmons (2) Mu Kun Seber Wa Wu
A6 Douglas Papafio Kuntum
B1 Prince Zulamkah Ligiligi
B2 The West African Instrumental Quintet Adersu - No.2
B3 The Ga Quartet Abowe Dsane Nmaka Tso
B4 Domingo Justus Buje
B5 Ben Simmons (2) Obu Kofi
B6 James Tucker (2) Rue Bai Rue Bai
C1 John Mugat Bukay
C2 Kumasi Trio Asin Asin Part 2
C3 Doouglas Papafio Sakyl
C4 James Thomas (8) Jon Jo Ko
C5 Nicholas De Heer Edna Buchaiku
D1 George Williams Aingo Akuko Nu Bonto
D2 Nicholas De Heer Ewuri Beka
D3 George Willams Anigo Agur Bi Dzi Mansu Aba
D4 James Brown (21) Mukorin-Mantun
D5 Nicholas De Heer Wasiu Dowu
D6 John Mugat Alahira

Credits

Notes

Made in London, these recordings were issued originally by the Zonophone record label over three years from late 1927.With these recordings in 1927-9, Zonophone exported records to Africa. These records were recorded in multiple languages, including Wolof, Temni, Yoruba, Vai, Fanti, Hausa, Ga and Twi. The records were recorded and manufactured in London: all of them were sent to West Africa, where few have survived.

With the exception of the Ga and Kumasi groups (which found local sponsors for the voyage from Ghana to the London studio), it is probable that most of the musicians were resident in Britain at the time of these recordings. The only address entered on the recording contracts is that of Daniel Acquaah (from Ben Simmons’ ensemble), in Liverpool.

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