Awieama Little John wrote the songs. He was also the lead
singer on this album. Background vocals were taken care of
by Jewel Ackah and Safohene Djeni. What a splendid highlife
record this is, from 1980 on Ambassador Records, Kumasi ..
Awieama little John schreef de nummers en was tevens de
lead vocalist op deze plaat. Achtergond vocalen door Jewel
Ackah en Sahofene Djeni. Wat een heerlijke highlife plaat
is dit. Uit 1980 op Ambassador Records, Kumasi ..
Kwame Nkrumah with Jewel Ackah, Yeredi Awu 1981
Jewel Ackah, London Connection 1984
Safohene Djeni, Nea ye Boe 1980
Cultural Cannibals, Safohene Djeni
01 – Bekema me debie a
02 – Tu gyakyi
03 – Nyamenle a manle mea
04 – Wozele bie a yeye boe
Thanks for this Gem.
Great highlife album Moos. This blew me away when I first heard it about 29 years ago. It’s the same line up as http://www.globalgroovers.com/2015/06/safohene-djeni-nea-ye-boe-discoboa-ambassador-1980.html.
Yes I noticed, always fun
to see links like that. Both
records are very nice ..
I dont recall too many artistes singing in Nzema except for Safohene Djeni and F Kenya, so its good to see more of such albums. Thank you for this rare gem.
You tell me Kwabena, I know of Twi and
now you say Nzema. Do you know of records
sung in other Ghana languages as well ?
Yes Moos, there are many Ghanaian records in other languages as well:
Twi language is very popular and had artistes like K. Frimpong, Alex Konadu, Master Bob Akwaboah, Kyeremanteng Atwede etc but Pat thomas, Ebo taylor, Papa Yankson, Jewel Ackah and a few from the western/cape coast sang mostly in “Fante” language.
The Wulomei is another group that sang in the “Ga” language: https://www.discogs.com/Wulomei-Walatu-Walasa/release/1865840
Onipa Nua also had some of his songs in a northern language which I believe is “Hausa”: https://www.discogs.com/Onipa-Nua-Suffer-Head/release/12316511
Kpandu Borborbor band also sang in Ewe language: https://www.discogs.com/Kpandu-Boborbor-Band-Lolo-Le-Vevie-Meble-Yee-Meble/release/9604855
So we may find Twi, Ga, Hausa, Fanta, Ewe,
it is quite complex, especially for a non
Ghanaian like myself,
thank you for this Kwabena ..
I believe that this is in a minor Ghananian language as well https://www.discogs.com/Sam-Omega-And-The-Holy-Seven-Odo-Ntentan-Unbreakable-Love/release/4892439. Or at least it’s an album by a smaller ethnic group. Then there’s James Danso. His music may not be in a language other than Twi, but his highlife is influenced by Ivorian music.