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.

Monday, December 20, 2010

International brothers led by Isaac Rogana Ottah

For the next selection on the highlife turntable, I have selected the track Anyi Bu Ndegwu  from the International Brothers led by Rogana Ottah LP on the EMI label.   I first saw this LP about 6 years ago when I heard it when I was visiting Chris Meserve in NY.  I was never able to record the record, but I finally got a copy.

The International Brothers were a loose confederation of top Ukwauni musicians and they did a series of very well regarded LP, usually featuring a guest vocalist like Bob Fred or Steady Arobby. 

This release features the great Rogana Ottah.   Rogana Ottah has always been a personal favorite of mine.  He's recorded 31 LP's, and I have 25 recordings, and by and large all of them are very good.   I love the rawness and energy of the vocals and the guitar lines are impeccable.   It reminded me of what I really liked about Rogana Ottah's singing and the simplicity and beauty behind a well played Ukwauni bass line.  See what you think.

John Beadle has more information about Rogana Ottah at http://biochem.chem.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~endo/EAOttah.html


  1. great song!


  2. Hi!Sorry to disturb you but could you please re-up the Fax CLARK 7" (I used to live in Ivory Coast during the 70s).Kind regards from french guiana, Stéphane (By the way, i am a friend of Chris Meserve too!)

  3. stephanie - I reposted the fax clark link. I am glad you liked it.

  4. Sorry Ubulujaja, it's me again : I don't see no more your ADrive link for the Fax Clark 7"?

  5. slj3 - please email me at the inbeatswetrust email address listed below the copyright notice so we can talk. For copyright reasons I do not post downloadable tracks any more on the site.

  6. hola mi correo es hafire1980@gmail.com ára q me lo regales por correo buen tema