Living Is Hard: West African Music in Britain, 1927-1929

Label
EMI UK
Release date
5 May 2008
Running length
23 tracks
Running time
71:53

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 O Johnson - Garse Yer Fido 3:07 183
2 Isaac Jackson - Nitsi Koko 3:02 192
3 Ben Simmons - Untitled 3:28 133
4 Harry E Quashie - Anadwofa 2:59 158
5 Ben Simmons - Mu Kun 2:57 185
6 Douglas Papafio - Kuntum 2:55 486
7 Prince Zulamkah - Ligiligi 3:13 441
8 The West African Instrumental Quintet - Adersu - No 2 3:05 568
9 The Ga Quartet - Abowe 3:18 160
10 Domingo Justus - Buje 3:14 421
11 Ben Simmons - Obu Kofi 3:03 434
12 James Tucker - Rue Bai Rue Bai 2:59 396
13 John Mugat - Bukay 3:02 442
14 Kumasi Trio - Asin Asin Part 2 3:00 370
15 Douglas Papafio - Sakyi 3:15 377
16 James Thomas - Jon Jo Ko 3:09 339
17 Nicholas De Heer - Edna Buchaiku 3:06 350
18 George Williams - Akuku Nu Bonto 3:09 87
19 Nicholas De Heer - Ewuri Beka 3:19 358
20 George Williams Aingo - Mi Agur Bi 3:03 204
21 James Brown - Mukorin-Mantun 3:05 317
22 Nicholas De Heer - Wasiu Dowu 3:06 310
23 John Mugat - Alahira 3:19 325

About this album

LIVING IS HARD… is the first in a series of compilations drawing on the exquisitely rare 78s housed in EMI’s Hayes Archives. While the archives represent a staggering diversity of music from all corners of the globe, for this outing, the producers at Honest Jon’s choose to focus on West African transplants residing in the British Isles during the height of the modern colonial era. Serving as a unique snapshot into the immigrant experience, the music represented is a window into the folk and community-based traditions of the African Diaspora—and a revealing look at the beginnings of modern-day genres such as high-life.

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