Various Artists

Guitar Bands of Ghana

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This 23-cut anthology spotlights many classic Ghanaian bands performing original and vintage compositions. There's a stylistic resemblance to Nigerian highlife on many featured songs, and the sound quality ranges from decent to good. Some numbers offer sprawling, improvisational solos; others have collective vocals and simple riffing or accompaniment. All are valuable and much more than historical or academic examples; they're part of a continuum of exciting music from a continent rich in genres, styles, and artists.