Welcome to the Highlifeturntable. The purpose of this blog is to provide a way for people to listen to rare highlife music from Ghana and Nigeria. I plan to post tracks from my private collection along with a little commentary on what I know about the artist and what I like about the LP.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Captain Newman's Gay Brothers

For the next selection on the highlife turntable I have selected the track Owu Aye Me Bone by Captain Newman's Gay Brothers. I came across my first Captain Newman Gay Brothers LP by accident when a cover did not match the record, but I liked the sound and started to collect everything I could find. It was hard to learn anything concrete about the band until I came across this Polydor release Adakam. Captain Newman was a vocalist for the African Brothers and then joined Adu Kwesi (who is the gentleman on the left in the picture) and Oscar Tawia to form the nucleus of the Gay Brother's band.

The liner notes go onto say That: In this album an attempt has been made to cross the rhythm on the Preprensua or Ashewa Box as played by Uncle Awotwi with the bass guitar featuring guest performer Eddie Donkor Snr. The resultant of this experiment is that much room is created for the bass guitarist to manoeuver and this is amply demonstrated on both sides of this album. And with a touch of lead guitar work by S.K. Oppong the exercise I would say is complete.

I appreciate the patience of the Ghanaian music lover who follow this blog. I know it has been a while since I posted a Ghanaian track, but I hope this tune makes up for the delay.

Thanks for listening.


  1. Great music, thanks for sharing.
    The Nigerians are certainly more dynamic, but nothing compares to the melancholy of the Ghanaians...

  2. I think you are right. I am going to start concentrating a little more on the ghanaian stuff. thanks for the feedback

  3. what a beautiful song! i need this in my life! are any of the songs on your blog downloadable? thank you so much for this!

  4. come on is there no way I can download this beautiful music please. Very nice of you to share

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