Onto the second of the three Original Music albums in my collection; Telephone Lobi (Telephone Lover) – More Giants of Danceband Highlife. This album follows Giants of Danceband Highlife, a previous Original Music release. Whereas Giants of Danceband Highlife concentrates on just three bands, Telephone Lobi a has 23 tracks from a total of 13 bands.
In his sleeve notes of 1995, John Storm Roberts wrote that ; “Ghanaian and Nigerian horn band highlife gave us one of the great sounds of the past half-century. It had all the optimism and bounce of a time when political independence or the prospect of it was energizing everybody and everything.” The tracks presented on Telephone Lobi have “optimism and bounce” by the bucket load. If you are not energised by highlife music then surely nothing will move you!
As a nice coda to this post, Santa Claus (bearing a remarkable resemblance to my dear children), delivered another highlife compilation this week. Ghana Special – Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds and Ghanaian Blues 1968-81. It’s a double album too, so by the rules of the game I can post two tracks, one from each CD. Expect more goodies from Ghana soon!