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Eric Agyeman

  • Highlife Safari [Sterns, 1992] A-

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Highlife Safari [Sterns, 1992]
Guitarist Agyeman composed three of these six songs and sings only one--the one that wasn't on this classic LP in 1978, which is no ringer unless you resent its echoes of the unforgettable "Abenaa Na Aden?," in which case move on to something more Euro right now. If Ghanaians warmed to the palm-wine antecedents and Ashanti flavor of his musicianship, what Euros hear is his innate, acculturated gift for rhythm-melody and his conviction that scaling postcolonial highlife down to size doesn't mean traditionalizing it altogether. Catchy not cute, charming not picturesque. A-