Tag Archives: Highlife

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #473 – Kosmo Groove

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #473 – Kosmo Groove

This week we travel to Ghent (Belgium) to listen to Kosmo Sound‘s debut album “Antenna”. This six-piece dub formation brings a combination of solid bass and drums with fresh storytelling melodies on saxophone. Out on on Zephyrus Records. Radio Mukambo also announces new albums by Elida Almeida (Cape Verde), Las...
Podcast: Radio Mukambo #472 – Afrofuturism meets Vintage Afro Sounds

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #472 – Afrofuturism meets Vintage Afro Sounds

Radio Mukambo takes you to Copenhagen (Denmark) to discover Nuri, an up-and-coming musician who creates his own blend of afrofuturism by combining archival field recordings from diverse African traditions with electronic beats, polyrhythmic grooves and North African trance music. His second album “Irun” is our cd of the week. We...
Preview: Osibisa @ The Jazz Cafe (London; Wednesday 30th September 2020)

Preview: Osibisa @ The Jazz Cafe (London; Wednesday 30th September 2020)

After months and months of “virtual” events, we are more than thrilled to finally restart writing about a “physical” one featuring a good and proper institution of the UK scene celebrating its 50th anniversary. Since the mid-50’s, Teddy Osei has spread the Ghanaian highlife bug far and wide, but it’s...
Podcast: Grooves Against Covid – Deconfinement Mixtape

Podcast: Grooves Against Covid – Deconfinement Mixtape

On this global mash-up of grooves, Mukambo serves some of the best music that 2020 has brought so far. Covid has made it a year to forget, but musically 2020 is a hit. From reggae/dub to afrobeat, creole sounds to Latin beats, ethiogroove to hiphop, Congotronics to global crossover, plus...
LIVE: Hi-Life Conversations (Saturday 27th June 2020)

LIVE: Hi-Life Conversations (Saturday 27th June 2020)

Today, from 5PM, join us on Facebook for an afternoon and evening of Hi-Life sounds and words! We bring together a group of seasoned hi-life musicians from across the generations to have a conversation about Hi-Life which is an essential part of the Ghanaian cultural fabric. Conversation will be interspersed...
Preview: Hi-Life Conversations (Facebook: Saturday 27th June 2020)

Preview: Hi-Life Conversations (Facebook: Saturday 27th June 2020)

Today, from 5PM, join us on Facebook for an afternoon and evening of Hi-Life sounds and words! Hi-life music originated in present-day Ghana early in the 20th century. It harnesses the melodic and rhythmic structures of traditional Akan music, but is played mainly with Western instruments. Hi-life is distinguished by...
Album Review: Santrofi – Alewa [Outhere Records; April 2020]
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Album Review: Santrofi – Alewa [Outhere Records; April 2020]

Here to revive the golden era of highlife, box-fresh 8-piece Santrofi bridge the mid-century sound of Ghana with polished afrobeat and an azonto attitude (more on that later.) Assembled around bass player Emmanuel Ofori, whose credentials include playing with elders Ebo Taylor, and Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band, the...
Podcast: Radio Mukambo #449 – Let the Groove Fly!

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #449 – Let the Groove Fly!

On their debut album Alewa (cd of the week), Santrofi brings a new wave of fresh highlife directly from the streets of Accra, Ghana. The eight musicians around bassist and producer Emmanuel Ofori are deeply rooted in vintage Ghanaian highlife music, with influences ranging from the fast-paced pulse of 70s...
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