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.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Pereama Freetown - Late Madam Kofi Feborke of Peretoru

For the next selection on the highlife turntable, I have selected the track Late Madam Kofi Feborke of Peretoru by the singer Pereama Freetown off an Egos record release.

Pereama was an Ijaw musician and a contemporary of King Ebizimor's and appears to have had a long career.  Most of the music I have been able to find has been from the late 80's to the mid 90's. The liner notes on these LP's revealed nothing.  He has a Facebook page, but there have been no postings since late 2014.  There were also a few links to a news article dated Nov 2015 that detail the fact he was kidnapped from a wake he was performing at, but no word on what happened after that.

For me the cadence and pacing of the vocals and way the song conveys a sense of lament and introspection about the passing of the late madam Feborke stands out.  The tight percussion and fuzzy guitar lines add to the down tempo ambiance.  As far as praise songs go it is a laid back tune that is very soothing and soulful.  The conventional wisdom has always been that golden age of highlife passed by the 90's, but Izon highlife like this proves there was still quality music being produced.

See what you think.

I hope you like it



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