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Various Artists / Living Is Hard
Album:Living Is Hard Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists Added:07/2008
Label:Honest Jon's Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2008-11-09 Pull Date:2009-01-11 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:4 Jan21 Dec14 Dec7 Dec23 Nov16 Nov

Recent Airplay
1.Fri, 25 Dec 15:Mister Esquire
4.Thu, 22 Jul 10:Mason Smith
Elite Syncopations
2.Sat, 25 Jan 14:Eme O
Music Casserole
5.Sat, 19 Dec 09:Eme O
Music Casserole
3.Sat, 24 Jul 10:Eme O
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6.Fri, 02 Jan 09:Eme O
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Album Review
Reviewed 2008-10-16 
From 78’s in the RMI Hayes Archive in Britain comes this collection of historic recordings of early African music in the UK. It’s all stripped-down, showing little or no European influence, just a traditional roots sound from their homeland. Mostly midtempo with call/response vocals and light percussion or strings. Interesting stuff, especially:

3. Growls, solo chanting, spare and kinda creepy.
4. Guitar, simple, untrained male voice.
5. Claps, call/response, midtempo.
6. Starts w/solo voice, then fast percussion & vocals.
8. Swinging guitar instrumental w/light perc. Catchy.
9. Mid call/response w/what sounds like soda bottle percussion.
13. Midtempo w/cool rough vocals & chorus w/light drumming.
14. Slight Caribbean influence, guitar, vox, mid/upbeat.
18. Guitar, midtempo w/relaxed vocals.
21. Mid/up w/cool lead vocals, light drums, chorus.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Johnson, Oni Garse Yer Fido
2.Jackson, Isaac Nitsi Koko Ko Ko
3.Simmons, Ben Untitled
4.Quashie, Harry E. Anadwofa
5.Simmons, Ben Mu Kun Sebor Wa Wu
6.Papafio, Douglas Kuntum
7.Prince Zulamkah Ligiligi
8.West African Instrumental Quintet, The Adersu - No. 2
9.Ga Quartet, The Abowe Dsane Nmaka Tso
10.Justus, Domingo Buje
11.Simmons, Ben Obu Kofi
12.Tucker, James Rue Bai Bue Bai
13.Mugat, John Bukay
14.Kumasi Trio Asin Asin Part 2
15.Papafio, Douglas Sakyi
16.Thomas, James Jon Jo Ko
17.De Heer, Nicholas Edna Buchaiku
18.Aingo, George Williams Akuko Nu Bonto
19.De Heer, Nicholas Ewuri Beka
20.Aingo, George Williams Mi Agur Bi
21.Brown, James Mukorin-Mantun
22.De Heer, Nicholas Waisu Dowu
23.Mugat, John Alahira