Raballs band ghana
Compiled from obscure 45s and albums, Ghana Soundz is the first of a three-volume series that will most definitely put Ghanaian funk on the map.
By the end of the 60s they had won large followings in neighbouring Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast.During the 70s, they were the featured house band at the dancehall operated by leading Accra hotel The Ambassador.By the mid-70s the market for big band highlife was fast diminishing, although the band managed to scrape a living until the early 80s, when they finally broke up. Sadly, his move meant that when the big band highlife revival occurred in the mid-80s, the group - lacking an effective alternative leader - were unable to make a successful comeback.In 1986, vocalist Charles Kodjo emigrated to London, where he joined Hi-Life International.The Ramblers reconvened in 1990, now under the leadership of Jerry Junior, releasing a comeback collection, Giants Of Dance Band Highlife, for USA label Original Music the following year.
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Ghana was one of the centers of the music called highlife, but the Afro-beat and funk that came out of the country in the 1970s, in the wake of Fela Kuti's musical success in Nigeria, has largely gone undocumented -- until now.