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The Cavemen. championing the highlife renaissance
Profiles
The Cavemen. championing the highlife renaissance

Back from their first headline tour, The Cavemen. recount how they revived one of West Africa’s favorite genres, highlife, for the next generation of listeners.

Getting from A to Z with Atongo Zimba
Interview
Getting from A to Z with Atongo Zimba

The Fra Fra man with the two strings talks about his movements from his home in Ghana to Brighton, passing by Fela Kuti, a new generation of musical youth, and a benevolent new album. 

Jembaa Groove tells no lie on “Amale”
News
Jembaa Groove tells no lie on “Amale”

The Ghanaian-German duo is all about honesty on this new highlife-fused single, announcing an upcoming LP.  Recorded in Berlin and following the single “Bassa Bassa”, “Amale” is the pair’s latest offering, announcing their upcoming LP […]

Oliver Nayoka, the Jimi Hendrix of Igbo highlife
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Oliver Nayoka, the Jimi Hendrix of Igbo highlife

Accompanied by his “Talented fellows’ band of Africa”, the Nigerian singer has unveiled his new album Aja Wele Wele via Palenque Records. Oliver Nayoka, born Okwudili Oliver Anisiobi, is an artist from Ekwulummiri, south of […]

BBE reissues Atakora Manu’s highlife
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BBE reissues Atakora Manu’s highlife

The British label celebrates Ghanaian highlife with the reissue of two rare 80s LPs, Afro Highlife and Omintiminim. Discover “Dada” exclusively on PAM. Born in Toase, Ghana, Atakora’s musical talent was evident from an early […]

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Analog Africa unveils unreleased highlife from veteran producer Essilfie-Bondzie
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Analog Africa unveils unreleased highlife from veteran producer Essilfie‑Bondzie

The Berlin-based label has announced the release of Essiebons Special 1973 – 1984, a compilation of music gathered by the legendary Ghanaian producer.  For most of the 1970s, Dick Essilfie-Bondzie’s Dix and Essiebons labels were […]

Analog Africa trace the footsteps of Nigerian Edo funk on compilation
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Analog Africa trace the footsteps of Nigerian Edo funk on compilation

The EDO FUNK Explosion Vol. 1 compilation focuses on the greatest pioneers of this highlife music hybrid, which appeared at the dawn of the 80s. It was in Benin City, in the heart of Edo […]

Cool Cats Invasion: 102 tracks for lovers of highlife, palm-wine and jùjú
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Cool Cats Invasion: 102 tracks for lovers of highlife, palm‑wine and jùjú

This gigantic compilation from the Moochin’ About label brings together a collection of classics from the Ghanaian and Nigerian music of the 1950s and 1960s. Cool Cats Invasion (Highlife, Juju & Palm-wine) offers a captivating […]