K. Leander Williams
November 20, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Ghanaian Blues, 1968-81

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
genre
World

We gave it an A-

In the ’70s, Ghana ranked well behind Nigeria, Fela Kuti’s homeland, as a key destination for West African funk. Nonetheless, British DJ Miles Cleret has been mining much Ghanaian gold recently; this two-CD set is his third and most ambitious assemblage yet of marvelous lost music. The 33 tracks on Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Ghanaian Blues, 1968-81 — split between folksy vocal troupes, percussive guitar bands with horny horn sections, and psychedelic organ groups — are proof that Ghanaians grabbed hold of wah-wah grooves and sprinted. A-

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