‘Highlife is the only music in this country that has stood and will continue to stand the test of time.’ – Victor Olaiya
As West Africa’s oldest form of popular music, highlife was the soundtrack of the independence era. Its influence still resonates today.
Highlife Giants is an intimate portrait of the pioneering artistes of West Africa’s music scene from the 1920s onwards. It contains interviews with stars such as E.T Mensah, Kofi Ghanaba, King Bruce, Bobby Benson, Victor Uwaifo, and Ignace De Souza revealing priceless behind-the-scenes moments such as Louis Armstrong giving Eddie Okonta a trumpet with a golden mouthpiece after seeing him perform. Highlife Giants charts the development of this rich and varied popular form which is hugely influential on contemporary West African music from Afrobeat to hiplife.
Blending European and African-American styles with traditional African patterns, highlife music contributed to the development of post-independence national identity in both Ghana and Nigeria. As such, highlife remains crucial in generating social commentary, protest and contributing to the formation of a pan-African musical identity.
For those who lived through the era, Highlife Giants will be a compendium that invokes treasured memories. For their children and grandchildren, this book will inspire an interest in the rich musical history of West Africa.GHS 60.00Quick View
Highlife is Ghana’s most important modern home grown dance-music that has its roots in traditional music infused with outside influences coming from Europe and the Americas. Although the word ‘highlife’ was not coined until the 1920s, its origins can be traced back to the regimental brass bands, elite-dance orchestras and maritime guitar and accordion groups of the late 19th and very early 20th centuries. Highlife is, therefore, one of Africa’s earliest popular music genres.
The book traces the origins of highlife music to the present – and include information on palmwine music, adaha brass bands, concert party guitar bands and dance bands, right up to off-shoots such as Afro-rock, Afrobeat, burger highlife, gospel highlife, hiphop highlife (i.e. hiplife) and contemporary highlife.
The book also includes chapters on the traditional background or roots of highlife, the entrance of women into the Ghanaian highlife profession and the biographies of numerous Ghanaian (and some Nigerian) highlife musicians, composers and producers. It also touches on the way highlife played a role in Ghana’s independence struggle and the country’s quest for a national – and indeed Pan-African – identity.
The book also provides information on music styles that are related to highlife, or can be treated as cousins of highlife, such as the maringa of Sierra Leone, the early guitar styles of Liberia, the juju music of Nigeria the makossa of the Cameroon/ It also touches on the popular music of Ghana’s Francophone neighbours.
There is also a section on the Black Diasporic input into highlife, through to the impact of African American and Caribbean popular music styles like calypsos, jazz, soul, reggae, disco, hiphop and rap and dancehall. that have been integrated into the highlife fold. Thus, highlife has not only influenced other African countries but is also an important cultural bridge uniting the peoples of Africa and its Diaspora.GHS 130.00GHS 130.00Quick View
Holy Writings track list:
1. Fa Makoma
2. You Are Jesus (feat. Kwame Amihere & Harbour City Mass Choir)
3. Ayeyi Soronko in Eb
4. Shrine of Our Sanctuary
5. You Are Beautiful
6. Been a While
7. Meeba Lala (feat. Eugene Zuta)
8. Hello, I Still Love You
9. Owui Ma Me
10. The Way (feat. Cwesi Oteng, Koda, Ike Nanor & Sitso “Reazn”)
11. Hiding Place
12. Every Single Word (Asem Biara Meka No)
14. Thank You
15. Safe in You (feat. Rev Joe Beecham & Ewurama Dua Anto)GHS 10.00GHS 10.00Quick View
Tracks in this album:
3. Mensi den Intro Ft Charlotte Acquah
4. Mobo Wo Dzin Ft Uncle Ato
5. Ka Kyere Jesus
6. Yesu Nyame ba Ft Eugene Zuta / George Sekyi
7. Jesus M’agyenkwa Ft Esther Godwyll
8. Hymn Medley Ft Uncle Ato
9. Kristofo Ft Eugene Degadzor
10. The Name Jesus Ft Dulcie Yates / Felicia Crentsil
11. Jesus Jesus Ft David Crentsil / Charles Pettingle
12. Hosanna (Studio)GHS 10.00GHS 10.00Quick View
Hymn Unlimited track list:
1. Benedicite, Omnia Opera
2. Anwanwa Do (Come Let Us All Unite)
3. Anwanwa Do (Come Let Us Sing)
4. Anwanwa Do (And Can It Be)
5. Sing We the King
6. Adoremus (All Creatures of Our God and King)
7Adoremus (O Worship the King)
8. Adoremus (Praise to the Lord)
9. Adoremus (When Morning Gilds the Sky)
10. Adoremus (Saviour, Blessed Saviour)
11. Adoremus (Fairest Lord Jesus) [feat. Eyra Tamakloe]
12. Adoremus (Crown Him with Many Crowns)
13. Ko-Yi-Ko-Ko (O Thou Who Camest from Above)
14. Malaika (Hark, Hark My Soul) [feat. Dieu Donnee Anyekase]
15. Cathedral (A Safe Stronghold)
16. Cathedral (Jesus Shall Reign)
17. Cathedral (Be Thou My Vision)
18. Cathedral (Begone Unbelief)
19. Cathedral (Jesus of Nazareth Passeth By)
20. Happy Man
21. Altar Call (Come Sinners to the Gospel Feast)
22. Altar Call (Hark My Soul)
23. Altar Call (My Faith Looks up to Thee)GHS 10.00GHS 10.00Quick View
Ace writes music and plays several instruments but calls himself “just a sporadic songwriter and music hobbyist.” He is an Associate of the pioneering, contemporary gospel music group, Joyful Way Inc. and served as its Director of Music & Productions for several years, having a hand in every album produced by the group since 1991.
Flavours of 50: My Yadah is his first music album.GHS 20.00Quick View
Saving Hearts track list:
3. My Helper
5. Saving Hearts (feat. Ijeoma Mekomam)
6. Faith of Our Fathers (feat. Ben Essel & Joycelyn Armah)
7. Boundary Lines (feat. Koda)
8. Coming Back Again (feat. Danny Nettey)
9. O Holy Night
10. Woana Na
11. MokobeGHS 10.00GHS 10.00Quick View
Six Strings and a Note is a compelling and relevant portrait of the artistic life of Daniel Kwabena Boa Amponsah, known around the world by his stage name, Koo Nimo. Written with a curiosity, simplicity, and a keen memory for detail, the book takes us on a journey through Koo Nimo’s work as an artist, and also as a man with a deep affection for his culture.
From the quiet Ghanaian village where he grew up, to the popular concert halls, leading international universities and renowned institutions, Koo Nimo’s life is nearly a century of extraordinary subplots to a story of hope, determination, and a boundless love for guitar music.
Celebrated in his native Ghana for his infusion of traditional motifs into mainstream music, and his influence on the Addadam music styles and palm-wine guitar, Koo Nimo unveiled Asante culture to audiences all over the world.
A fine blend of a vivid recollection of a memoir and an authenticity woven into a biography to give the reader a richer encounter with Koo Nimo’s life lessons, challenges, and successes through his life and work.
A father, a poet, a folk musician, a teacher, and a philosopher, Koo Nimo would say, “I did not set out to become another [Andres] Segovia. All I have is my culture, my story and my song, and I have to do my best for the sake of a generation who will be listening and learning long after I am gone.”
A must-read for all international music enthusiasts.GHS 80.00Quick View
First published as Tahinta! and Vulture Vulture! Two Rhythm Plays for Children by Efua T. Sutherland, the audiobook edition illustrated by Edmund Opare is an irresistible invitation to join the young narrator as he moves the story along with the encouragement of the chorus.
The children of Mmofra Foundation’s Language Club perform the audiobook version, featuring Nii Noi Osuteye as the boy, Maria Bossman as the father, and a group of Language Club members as the chorus.
The Adehyeman Group provides the percussive beat which carries the story.
About the Book
Tahinta is a story with a beat. It is about a boy went fishing in the River Birim. He set his fish-trap in the water. He cast his net but when he drew it out, it was empty. He began to look unhappy. But just when he was getting ready to go home, something came walking across the river. You will find out what it was.GHS 10.00GHS 10.00Quick View
A virtual album of BeBe Winans’ treasured memories of his friend and “sister,” Whitney Houston.
In the years between the first time BeBe Winans and Whitney Houston met in 1985, to the day he delivered the tribute that touched a watching nation at Houston’s funeral, a deep and unique friendship bloomed and thrived. They considered each other family in the truest sense of the word.
Now this very personal collection of remembrances offers us a seat at the table during Whitney’s most unguarded moments. Here we see her in all her quirky, passionate, fiercely loyal glory though the eyes of her “brother”, BeBe.
For most of her public life, Whitney Houston was a mystery. In The Whitney I Knew, Winans has given us a wonderful gift—the gift of understanding. From profoundly moving personal moments to eye-opening accounts of triumph to the heartbreaking realities that led to her ultimate defeat, the untold stories are intimately woven throughout this book—along with online video links to behind-the-scenes moments, highlights of her career, and never-before-seen video of Whitney. Also included is an extensive photo section from BeBe’s personal collection.GHS 50.00GHS 50.00Quick View
“Dr. Efua Sutherland has once again rescued a couple of folktale mores from our oral traditions and brilliantly merged and polished them into a truly wondrous gem of a tale for young people, as well as the young at heart. This new and dynamic rendering makes some ancient world wisdom accessible to today’s children.” Ama Ata Aidoo, 2006
Voice in the Forest draws upon the traditional fairy tales and folktales of Ghana. Unlike most traditional tales which seek to explain one thing, this story explains several things and practices; the mandatory rest day for farmers, the founding of a village and why calling children bad names is wrong. It’s ambitious. And yet it captures and holds a child’s attention so completely.
The audiobook CD is narrated by Abena Busia.
Abena P.A. Busia is a celebrated Ghanaian poet and professor of literature. Her dramatic narration under the direction of Esi Sutherland-Addy bring the characters of the story to life over a background of original musical composition by Kojo Essah and Yaw Ediko of Takashi Music, a group specializing in the fusion of traditional African percussion instruments with guitar, trumpet, saxophone and voice. The resulting score is uniquely whimsical and delightful.GHS 10.00Quick View