(2008) Living Is Hard: West African Music In Britain, 1927-1929

Various Artists

... read moreLIVING 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...

01:12′:19″ 23 Songs

1
Various Artists
Garse Yer Fido
3:08
2
Various Artists
Nitsi Koko
3:03
3
Various Artists
Untitled
3:29
4
Various Artists
Anadwofa
3:00
5
Various Artists
Mu Kun
2:59
6
Various Artists
Kuntum
2:56
7
Various Artists
Ligiligi
3:14
8
Various Artists
Adersu - No 2
3:06
9
Various Artists
Abowe
3:19
10
Various Artists
Buje
3:15
11
Various Artists
Obu Kofi
3:04
12
Various Artists
Rue Bai Rue Bai
3:01
13
Various Artists
Bukay
3:03
14
Various Artists
Asin Asin Part 2
3:01
15
Various Artists
Sakyi
3:16
16
Various Artists
Jon Jo Ko
3:11
17
Various Artists
Edna Buchaiku
3:07
18
Various Artists
Akuku Nu Bonto
3:10
19
Various Artists
Ewuri Beka
3:20
20
Various Artists
Mi Agur Bi
3:04
21
Various Artists
Mukorin-Mantun
3:06
22
Various Artists
Wasiu Dowu
3:07
23
Various Artists
Alahira
3:20
Released 02 May 2008, 2008 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

Review

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.