Nouvelle Ambiance with Hugo Mendez

Highlife Odyssey

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122 minsFirst aired 11 Jan 2019
Artwork by Nick Taylor

Digging deep into Ghana’s highlife tradition — and its global impact — with music from Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, Thomas Frempong and Sunsum Band.

This month, Sofrito label cofounder Hugo Mendez takes us on a highlife odyssey, mapping out original rhythms and songs from Ghana and Nigeria, through to the West African diaspora in Europe during the ’70s and ’80s and up to the modern-day variations of the stripped-down and stretched-out grooves. Over the next two hours, we enjoy highlife flavors from Thomas Frempong, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, Goddy Khaki & the Ambassadors, the Water Babies International and many more.

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