Yebre Ama Owou - Okukuseku International Band Of Ghana* - Band Of Ghana (Vinyl, LP)

Some aspect to it almost seems disembodied for me, it's just floating in space. This is forward moving music. Love that percussion solo that just comes in from nowhere and leaves just as abruptly, brilliant.

Been dabbling in highlife LP) several years and still learning the ropes, this is a revelation. Welcome to the Highlifeturntable. The purpose of this blog is to provide a way for people to listen to rare highlife music from Ghana and Nigeria.

I plan to post tracks from my private collection along with a little commentary on what I know about the artist and what I like about the LP. All the vocals and sanshin are Yebre Ama Owou - Okukuseku International Band Of Ghana* - Band Of Ghana (Vinyl Horiuchi who seems to fit effortlessly into whatever project she Yebre Ama Owou - Okukuseku International Band Of Ghana* - Band Of Ghana (Vinyl on and her presence here is indispensable.

At least a couple of the eight tracks are extended workouts that probably take on more life in a live club setting but the album — at 56 minutes — is perfectly suited to home listening too and they find a good balance with some tracks segueing into others by way of sampling old Okinawan songs and speech.

The band has already travelled overseas this year to Thailand and then to Mongolia for the Playtime Festival in July. The album booklet contains lyrics of all the songs in English, Japanese and Uchinaguchi. Music from Okinawa is a new album that gathers together music from the many different styles and genres found on these islands. The album is released by the Music from Okinawa label that has been tirelessly promoting the music in recent years and has also been involved in presenting it at the annual WOMEX events in Europe.

For this compilation there are 16 tracks from a wide variety of artists — many from Okinawa and all with strong connections to the Ryukyu Islands.

The ubiquitous Kachimba4 appear with another of their Cuban flavoured tracks as do other familiar names such as Maltese Rock and The Sakishima Meeting. The most famous name, however, is the one that opens the album — Nenez. They do a good job of recreating it and it makes a fine start to the album. Unfortunately the notes on the artists and song lyrics in the booklet are in Japanese only.

However, the Music from Okinawa label can be congratulated for producing what is overall a very good album that introduces many different facets of island music. Too often in the past this has not been the case and many of the numerous compilations out there on other labels are unimaginative selections recycling the same old music and musicians.

This one is different. Categories: Okinawan Albums Comments: 1 Comment. Jazz is not the most obvious thing that comes to mind when we think about the music of Okinawa. But the Ryukyu Islands are nothing if not a melting pot of different musical genres and that includes many influences from overseas. The five members of Element of the Moment play saxophone, trombone, piano, bass and drums Yebre Ama Owou - Okukuseku International Band Of Ghana* - Band Of Ghana (Vinyl have been performing regularly ever since they were formed in Okinawa in On these recordings they produce a fine mix with the jazz element at the forefront.

All tracks were composed and arranged by drummer Akira Nakamura. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Email Address:.

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