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Mam Pe'ela Su'ure
Cat: PH 45025. Rel: 21 Jun 21
  1. Mam Pe'ela Su'ure (3:48)
  2. Naba Aferda (3:39)
Review: Seriously good modern high-life action here, as Philophon regular Florence Adooni joins forces with some exceptional musicians to lay down two high-quality musical treats. Our pick of the pair is superb A-side 'Mam Pe'ela Su're', a "typical Frafra-Gospel hymn" that Adooni and her accomplices have turned into a deliciously soulful and groovy slab of highlife (think glistening, Ebo Taylor style guitars, shuffling drums and righteous horns). Turn to the flip for 'Naba Aferda', a homage to the chief of her home village that offers a slightly heavier and more raw-sounding take on the highlife sound that's so jaunty and carnival-friendly that it could pass as an obscure Brazilian recording from the late 1970s.
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The World/Invisible Joy
Cat: PH 45008. Rel: 08 Sep 16
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. The World (4:23)
  2. Invisible Joy (2:42)
Review: Back Pluwatsch, or simply Bajka, is an Indian-born, South-African raised singer with diverse catalogue of music, and an equally compelling set of vocal chords. Her voice was first picked up by London's Jazzman circa 2005, and has travelled across other like like Ubiquity, Raw Tapes, and even on NYC house-techno conglomerate, Ibadan. Philophon feels like a much more natural place for her music to prosper on, a label that's been on our radar since day one, and always comes heavily recommended. "The World" is a true pearl of a song, charged and catapulted into the ether by a deep, raw percussive sway and, of course, Bajka's singular voice. "Invisible Joy" is a similarly deep and tropical, but here the tone is much more jazzy, reminding us of Sun Ra in places. All in all, this is some pretty killer material.
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Zota Yinne
  1. Zota Yinne (version) (4:13)
  2. Starlet Road Filling Station Romance (version) (4:11)
 in stock $10.29
This Is Bolga!
Cat: PH 45021. Rel: 16 May 19
  1. This Is Bolga! (part 1) (3:35)
  2. This Is Bolga! (part 2) (3:53)
Review: German-Ghanaian group the Polyversal Souls have previously collaborated with a number of bands and solo artists from West Africa, so this hook-up with Northern Ghanaian outfit the Bolga All Stars - a collective made up of leading local kologo and frafra-gospel singers and musicians - should not come as much of a surprise. Separated into two parts for the seven-inch release, the track blends the Polyversal Souls' lolloping, late '60s style Afro-funk grooves - complete with fuzzy, period style production - and sharp horn section with glistening guitars, snaking solos and fine vocals from the Bolga All Stars. It's one of the Polyversal Souls' finest releases yet, and that's saying something.
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Basa Basa
Cat: PH 45014. Rel: 22 Mar 18
  1. Basa Basa (4:08)
  2. Sahara Akwantuo (3:46)
Review: Those with a deep knowledge of Berlin's Ghanaian ex-pat "burger-highlife" scene may already be familiar with Lee Dodou, a singer who recorded a number of classic singles and albums during the 1980s as part of bands Georg Darko and Kantata. He retired from music in 1991, but has been persuaded to return to action by the Philophon team. This comeback single is pretty impressive all told, with A-side "Basa Basa" - a triumphantly celebratory chunk of 1960s "concert party" highlife rich in punchy horn lines and Dodou's full-throated vocals - being joined on the flipside by the slower, synth-laden "Sahara Akwantou". Brilliantly, the label describes this as "kraut-life" due to its unique (and rather good) fusion of highlife and German kosmiche.
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Everything You Do You Do For Yourself
Cat: PH 45013. Rel: 07 Dec 17
  1. Everything You Do, You Do For Yourself (4:27)
  2. Estre (feat Florence Adooni) (5:02)
Review: Philophon is a Berlin-based label run by Max Weissenfeldt. Part of Philophon is the Tonstudio Bluetenring in Kreuzberg, operated by Benjamin 'Stibbo' Spitzmueller. The label's essential motivation is to support any form of local culture with reason, freedom and ludic drive. North-Ghanaian singer Guy One presents his first international release here. He promises what his name is saying: he is the number one artist of Frafra music, named after his people. "Everything You Do, You Do For Yourself" is a driving Highlife rhythm and his only song having a phrase in English. "Estre" features one of the leading voices of Frafra-Gospel named Florence Adooni. She interweaves perfectly with the horn arrangements by Weissenfeldt and the drummer. Washington's Hailu Mergia, San Francisco's Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids and the legendary Scandinavian producer Jimi Tenor have also released on the label over the last year too.
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So La Ma La
Cat: PH 45027. Rel: 22 Jul 21
  1. So La Ma La (4:28)
  2. To Kale Na'Nabala (3:38)
Review: Guy One is a master of the north Ghanaian Kologo, a two string instrument that you can think of as a proto-type banjo. He secured an international debut #1 in 2018, and is now back for more with a new band in tow. It is made up of Kumasi's finest young talents as well as Florence Adooni and Tenni Akagam providing the superb choir voices. The a-side is a sweet highlife rhythm that melts Afrobeats and restless rhythms and the flip side is a traditional and bouncy Kete rhythm in 12/8. One's Kologo lines run through both tunes and define both in his usual soulful style.
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Nsem Nyinaa Nyame
Cat: PH 45026. Rel: 27 May 21
  1. Nsem Nyinaa Nyame (4:10)
  2. Nana Kodajayen (4:03)
Review: Victoria Osei and Theresa Owusuaa are Ahemaa Nwomkro, which is a phrase that translates as 'queens of Nwomkro.' Nwomkro is an Ashanti style music that influenced Highlife, a style of music closely linked to Kumasi, Ghana's cultural capital and a city in the middle of the jungle. The pair link up with young highlife talents here and the results are pure, good time sounds that trill with energy, pickle rhythms and earthy percussion as well as some subtle synth work that brings a contemporary edge.
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Allema Timba
Cat: PH 45020. Rel: 18 Apr 19
Roots/Lovers Rock
  1. Allema Timba (4:43)
  2. Allema Timba (instrumental) (4:44)
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Doose Mam
Cat: PH 45028. Rel: 24 Dec 21
  1. Doose Mam
  2. Gure Yose Me
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Mam Yinne Wa
Cat: PH 33005. Rel: 07 Nov 19
  1. Mam Yinne Wa (3:57)
  2. Allema Timba (4:42)
  3. Sandana Fom (4:36)
  4. Zota Yinne (4:20)
  5. Fom Se Mam (3:51)
  6. Yu Ya Yumma (3:22)
  7. Ma'algo (3:52)
  8. La Ta'aba (4:45)
  9. Sala An Songa (3:22)
Review: It's taken a while, but Philophon chief (and in-house producer) Max Weissenfeldt has finally managed to finish the album he started working on with Ghanaian Frafra-gospel singers Alogte Oho & His Sounds Of Joy. It's a set that has been promised for the best part of five years, so it's fantastic to see it finally materialize. Musically, it explores similar sonic territory to Oho's previous singles on Philophon (all of which featured music from Weissenfeldt), effortlessly joining the dots between traditional Ghanaian styles, local interpretations of funk and soul, dub-wise reggae rhythms and occasional nods towards contemporary electronic beats. The results are superb, making this a must have for those who love a bit of West African musical positivity.
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Invisible Joy
Invisible Joy (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: PH 33001LP. Rel: 02 Jul 15
  1. Yelle Be Bobre (5:16)
  2. Starlet Road Filling Station Romance (3:47)
  3. Momaminka (3:48)
  4. Sad Nile (4:46)
  5. Love In Outer Space (3:08)
  6. Asembi Ara Amba (4:17)
  7. Race (2:22)
  8. Goin' In (4:23)
  9. Dunia Dela Da'a (4:23)
  10. Invisible Joy (3:44)
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Feqer Feqer New
Cat: PH 45018. Rel: 14 Feb 19
  1. Feqer Feqer New (feat Alemayehu Eshete) (3:45)
  2. Portrait Of Alemayehu (Daytime) (4:05)
Review: Last year, heavyweight Ghanaian-German band the Polyversal Souls returned to action with their first new material in three years - a killer Highlife single called "Basa Basa" featuring guest vocalist Lee Dodou. This speedy follow-up boasts a guest vocalist, too: near legendary Ethiopian soul and jazz singer Alemayehu Eshete. He makes his presence felt on "Feqer Feqer New", delivering a hazy and exotic vocal over the band's cheery, '60s style Gamelan backing track. The resultant cut is nothing less than spectacular. Over on side B, the band goes solo on the laidback and breezy "Portrait of Alemayehu (Daytime)", where chiming melodies and punchy horns rise above glistening guitars, rich bass and shuffling drums.
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Rehwe Mie Enyim
Cat: PH 45012. Rel: 11 Jan 18
Reggae Classics/Ska
  1. Y Bayani & Baby Naa & Their Band Of Enlightenment, Reason & Love - "Rehwe Mie Enyim" (3:50)
  2. Band Of Enlightenment, Reason & Love - "Mi Sumolo" (3:06)
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Nsie Nsie
Cat: PH 33006. Rel: 30 Apr 20
Roots/Lovers Rock
  1. Nsie Nsie (3:58)
  2. Asafo Weyasi (4:37)
  3. Rehwe Mi Enyim (3:51)
  4. Get Away (3:02)
  5. Mi Sumolo (instrumental) (3:10)
  6. Zooba Maka (4:01)
  7. Asembi Ara Amba (4:32)
  8. Kame Hu (4:51)
  9. We Are The Band Of Enlightenment, Reason & Love (instrumental) (4:08)
Review: A few years ago, West African music obsessive and Philophon label boss Max Weissenfeldt decided to make some roots reggae with his friend and fellow drummer Josie Coppola. Yet this would be no regular reggae, as they'd be working on songs by Ghanaian artist Y-Bayani (real name Yusef Hussain). Since then, the project has developed further with the addition of a second lead singer, Baby Naa (Naomi Addy), a clutch of talented musicians and a Ghanaian choir. The result is this debut album, a wonderfully hazy, sun-kissed shuffle that does a brilliant job in putting a new, Afro-centric spin on Jamaican roots reggae. The riddims are strong, the multi-lingual vocals superb, the musicianship spot on and the production authentically warm and weighty. In other words, it's an unlikely gem.
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