Category Archives: Highlife

SONG OF THE DAY Mary Afi Usuah – Ima Mma Uyem

A truly powerful woman of funk, soul and afrolife, Mari Affiong Usuah hailed from Oron town, by way of Calabar in southeastern Nigeria.  With a voice that carries itself over many genre borders, she was trained as an opera singer … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Celestine Ukwu and his Philosophers National – Okwukwe Na Nchekwube

Nigerian artist Celestine Ukwu grew up in a musical family and from a very young age he was surrounded by and inspired greatly by music! In his all-too-short life (he died at just 37 in a car accident) he brought … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Orlando Julius & The Afro Sounders – Alo Mi Alo (Parts 1 & 2)

Orlando Julius Aremu Olusanya Ekemode, known professionally as Orlando Julius or Orlando Julius Ekemode, is a Nigerian saxophonist, singer, bandleader and songwriter who made his reputation internationally in the mid-’60s with his smash album Super Afro Soul.  Not only considered to be … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Huw Marc Bennett – Tresilian Bay

“Marc Bennett a.k.a. Susso (Soundway Records) creates a warm, deep, retro groove, the sound of sun kissed vinyl…..” Ahead of his upcoming album, Tresilian Bay, producer & bassist Huw Marc Bennet has shared another new offering.  The records title track is … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Art Feynman – Not My Guy

Unveiling his latest project under the guise of Art Feynman three years ago, accomplished recording artist and producer Luke Temple is to release a new record on the 26th June. Weaving a heady blend of Nigerian highlife, world beat and … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Afro Social Club – Stuck In The Storm

Largely influenced and inspired by the great Fela Kuti, Afro Social Club are a French collective of nine musicians who came together over five years ago to create a sound that pays homage to their hero.  With a shared passion … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Mary Afi Usuah – Call Me Your Lover

Oh wow! I can’t tell you how happy I am to have stumbled upon this cracker today! It reminds me of Nora Dean’s Angle Lala in some ways and I’m loving every second of this track! A powerful woman of funk, … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Peter King – Shango

Nigerian afrobeat multi instrumentalist Peter King originally recorded today’s song in 1974.  Featuring as the title track to Shango, this epic record remained unreleased for nearly 30 years even though King released five albums after this one! Headed by King, who wrote … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Ebo Taylor – Yen Ara

You may recall me writing about Ghanaian artist, Ebo Taylor back in February this year after UK label, Mr Bongo reissued Ebo Taylor and the Pelican’s self-titled album in November 2017.  Fusing highlife with soul, funk and jazz, Ebo Taylor was … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Ebo Taylor – Egya Edu

Following on from yesterday’s jubilant vibe comes a track from Ghanaian guitarist, singer, composer, bandleader and record producer, Ebo Taylor. Ebo Taylor emerged in the 1950’s, initially as part of the Broadway Dance Band and Stargazers before entering into a … Continue reading

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