This Soundway Records compilation seeks to capture a snapshot of what was arguably the most colourful and interesting period in the nation’s musical history. The diversity of the 70s Ghanaian sound was immense with influences of Latin, rock and blues amongst the traditions of afrobeat and high-life. Ghana Special represents nearly ten years of on-going research: driving around the cities of Accra, Tema, Cape Coast, Takoradi and Kumasi, knocking on musicians’ doors and visiting ex-distributors, DJs, collectors, manufacturers and shop owners that helped piece the story together.

Kwadwo Donkoh