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Highlife High Ups

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This is a fantastic collection of African highlife from the '60s. It's a double-disc set, divided thematically into a disc of ballads and another of more up-tempo numbers. There is a joyous rawness to these recordings, and while most of the bands will be unfamiliar to most listeners (a couple of these tracks also appeared on the equally outstanding Money No Be Sand compilation on the Original Music label), the performances here are uniformly excellent. A great place to start a collection of African highlife, or an excellent addition to any library, Highlife High Ups is a great set.

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