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Rough Guide To Highlife

by Various Artists
Rough Guide To Highlife by Various Artists
Released: Jun 2012
Label: World Music Network
This is the second Rough Guide to highlife, which speaks to both this West African genre's importance and the incredible wealth of it that exists. The compilation spans the gamut of highlife, a style of dance music that began in the early 20th century and went on to incorporate elements of jazz, rock and funk. Frantic jams, playful party tunes and mellow grooves are all stitched together with rolling guitars, bits of wind instruments and syncopated rhythms. Artists include kings like Celestine Ukwu and Dr. Victor Olaiya, as well as a young Fela Kuti, who got his start kicking out the highlife jams.
Rachel Devitt
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