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V/A - Living Is Hard (West African Music In Britain, 1927-1929)

V/A - Living Is Hard (West African Music In Britain, 1927-1929)

Honest Jon's Records

Regular price $35.00

The latest archival release on Damon Albarn's Honest Jon's imprint collects early 78 sides containing spare folk songs, primarily from Ghana and Nigeria, many of which are delivered a cappella.

‘While the likes of Blind Lemon Jefferson and Charley Patton were making the earliest blues recordings in America, this equally strange and compelling music by West African singers and musicians was simultaneously being recorded in London… [a] treasure trove of golden voices, chants, authentic percussion and traditional instruments presented in totally unmediated fashion’ 

Tracklist:
1. Oni Johnson - Garse Yer Fido 03:07
2. Isaac Jackson - Nitsi Koko Ko Ko 03:03
3. Ben Simmons - Untitled 03:29
4. Harry E. Quashie - Anadwofa 03:00
5. Ben Simmons - Mu Kun Sebor Wa Wu 02:58
6. Douglas Papafio - Kuntum 02:56
7. Prince Zulamkah - Ligiligi 03:13
8. The West African Instrumental Quintet - Adersu - No. 2 03:06
9. The Ga Quartet - Abowe Dsane Nmaka Tso 03:18
10. Domingo Justus - Buje 03:14
11. Ben Simmons - Obu Kofi 03:04
12. James Tucker - Rue Bai Rue Bai 03:00
13. John Mugat - Bukay 03:02
14. Kumasi Trio - Asin Asin Part 2 03:01
15. Doouglas Papafio - Sakyi 03:15
16. James Thomas - Jon Jo Ko 03:10
17. Nicholas De Heer - Edna Buchaiku 03:06
18. George Williams Aingo - Akuko Nu Bonto 03:09
19. Nicholas De Heer - Ewuri Beka 03:19
20. George Williams Aingo - Agur Bi Dzi Mansu Aba 03:04
21. James Brown - Mukorin-Mantun 03:05
22. Nicholas De Heer - Wasiu Dowu 03:07
23. John Mugat - Alahira 03:20

Format: 2 x 12-inch Vinyl LP
Label: Honest Jons Records
Catalog: HJRLP33
Released: 2008
Genre: Blues / Folk / African