popular african music


Ghanaian singer and songwriter Fatau Keita (born 1987) presents his first CD album –

Fatau Keita originally hails from Tamale in the Northern Region of Ghana. A native of the Dagbamba (also referred to as Dagomba), Fatau’s exciting musical mix blends traditional and modern Dagbamba music like Simpaa with Highlife and also takes inspiration from his African musical herosSalif Keita, YoussouN’Dour, AngéliqueKidjo and FelaKuti. He sings in Dagbani, Hausa, Twi and English.Check the booklet for detailed information on this promising artist and upcoming band from West Africa.

Being a vocalist with an amazing musical expression and intense stage performance, surrounded by some of Ghana’s outstanding young instrumentalists, the CD will make listeners want to see Fatau and the band’s vibrant live performances. A European tour of the group is expected for 2016.Fatau Keita’sdebut CD SELINA provides us with another superb example of “young pan-African pop music” that promisingly binds tradition in modernity.The production of the CD was supported by Goethe Institut Ghana and curated by Dr. Markus Coester, in collaboration with popular african music.

after quite a pause in releasing cds, here another start with a new band coming out of africa for the first time this summer:


The Ghana Bigshots - "Tu Na Me Nsa"
The Ghana Bigshots are based in Accra/Ghana and led by the composer, arranger, vocalist, bassist, and balafonist Mark Millas. They are one of the most promising new live bands in West Africa. Their ambitious motto is ‘Redefining Our Music’. The band revives the Highlife- and Afro-Jazz feel in Ghana’s popular music by creatively drawing on an immense musical tradition of Highlife greats, Ghana’s and West Africa’s Highlife, Soul, Funk, Son, Reggae and Afrobeat music. Rebuilding this legacy into their own compositions and style means taking a new look at the musical finesse and intricacies of the traditional and popular sources. They do this with an elaborate approach to musical technique, playfulness, arrangement, sound, and performance. In more than three years live playing in Ghana, the Ghana Bigshots have started to contribute their own style to contemporary African popular music and ‘world music’.

Copam nma 804. A joint project of popular african music, Goethe-Institut Ghana and Dr. Markus Coester.

before making african music a business i earned my money building hi-fi speakers and equipment. it was a floating change and nowadays i am back on the hardware side, repairing early microphones. when i got attached to african music it was besides the wild mix of musical influences the mix of clean and not so clean sound: a pure voice slightly distorted by an amplifier. in order to put that on record i always tried to use the best equipment that i could pay for and always tried to record the performance as true as possible. in post production a minimum of effects was used. when in the early years of this century the cd sales dropped all of a sudden i first refused flat to sell the music of my label via downloads with less content than on the cd or record.
i am still unable to listen to data reduced music for more than 60 seconds. i had to give in to the market in the end but i hope that there are more people than myself who enjoy the full sound of music. here you may get the full sound by buying the original cds. on top of it you get the booklets with lots of information and stories.

to make it easier there is no shipping cost on these cds,
just a handling fee of 5 euro flat whether you buy
one cd or one hundred cds.

for people who think that the cd format sounds worse than analog music - and i am one of them - popular african music has still a number of vinyl records (some pam- titles and many by other producers) and music cassettes in stock. the number is so large that i am too lazy to put them up on the website - especially since there are usually just one or two copies per title in stock. so please ask a specific question: country/artist or title. maybe you are lucky.