Ghana Popular Music 1931-1957. From Palm Wine Music to Dance Band Highlife

Dankwa, Serena; Arlt, Veit (2001). Ghana Popular Music 1931-1957. From Palm Wine Music to Dance Band Highlife. In: Ghana Popular Music 1931-1957. Paris: Disques Arion: Compact Disc

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Ghana Popular Music 1931-1957" features a cross-section through the popular music of southern Ghana of the late colonial period as it was then recorded and distributed on 78rpm Shellac records by the Union Trading Company (UTC) of Basel, Switzerland. A compilation of 21 songs will take you on a fascinating journey of discovery through a rich and complex metissage of influences, rythms, instruments and stiles, ranging from the rurally oriented palm wine music to the urban swinging dance bands of the 50s. The 20 page booklet contains an introduction to the popular music of Ghana written by Highlife specialist Prof. John Collins of the University of Ghana and the Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation. The songs or the titles are translated and commented upon. The compact disc results from a pilot project which aims at preserving and digitising an important collection of music from Ghana and Nigeria held at Basel, Switzerland. This is to make this music accessible again both to people in its countries of origin and to the interested public in general.

Item Type:



06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Dankwa, Serena Owusua


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology


Compact Disc




Anja Julienne Wohlgemuth

Date Deposited:

02 Jun 2020 17:29

Last Modified:

02 Jun 2020 17:29


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