In January this year my working life gave me the all-too-brief pleasure of spending an afternoon digging for records in Accra, Ghana. . . .and so it is my pleasure this week to share some of these delicious discoveries – starting with early fifties highlife, and then migrating later this week to the more electric 70s. Ghana’s early highlife music is a captivating blend of local tradition embracing the roots of ragtime, swing, afro-cuban, rhumba, and calypso – with trap drums, bongos and the double bass providing a foundation for guitars and/or banks of brass.