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E.T. Mensah


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E.T. Mensah, the multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and undisputed King of Highlife, who sadly died in 1996 was the artist who inspired RetroAfric’s mission to re-present classic tracks by Africa’s masters of popular music.

The first collection, All For You, was released as a vinyl LP in 1986. Since then technology has moved on apace and the label has re-mastered the original material which is now cleaner and more splendid than ever. The album has been brought up to CD length with the addition of three previously unavailable tracks. A new catalogue number for All For You [RETRO1XCD] denotes the added value version. A second compilation album from the early 1960s Day By Day [RETRO3CD] was RetroAfric’s first CD format release, which included the perennially popular title track.

E.T. Mensah

E.T. Mensah, the undisputed King of Highlife, was one the founding fathers of African popular music. His career stretched from the early 1930s to the late 1980s, and his music reached beyond Ghana to all corners of Africa and Europe.

Emmanuel Tettey Mensah was a natural musician, whose talent was spotted at school by ‘Teacher’ Joe Lamptey. When Lamptey formed the Accra Orchestra in the early 1930s E.T. joined as a piccolo player. He soon progressed to saxophone and also learned to play organ and trumpet.


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