February 27, 2015

Ramblers International
Decca West Africa 1977

Ramblers, front

Jerry Hansen and his Ramblers are back,
we had three albums so far,
one ,
two and
Their highlife is one of a kind, perfect dancing music
for your weekend. This lp is from 1977, on Decca West
Africa, top sound quality, partly latin influenced,
west african gold..


01 – Serwaa akoto
02 – Travel and see
03 – Ewa ha mi
04 – Pe aduro ye
05 – A divina me
06 – Devi tso do
07 – Eka ete
08 – Obi nnim nea onyame ahyehye
09 – High life medley


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  1. glinka21 27 February 2015 at 01:43 - Reply

    Thanks, Moos!

  2. ggcjunkie 27 February 2015 at 01:58 - Reply

    Thanks immensely for all the good music. I am wondering if you are familiar with the music of Nigerian Hifghlife artist Erasmus Jenewari. He was active in the 60’s. If you are, would you have any, or all, of his pre Nigeria Civil War(1967-1970) recordings? Many thanks.

    • Moos 28 February 2015 at 11:01 - Reply

      ..sorry, don’t have that..

  3. kwabena boakye 27 February 2015 at 17:44 - Reply

    Thanks once again Moos,
    Nana Ampadu of the African Brothers Band always mentions Jerry Hansen of the Ramblers in most of his interviews as the one through which he got his musical breakthrough. Those were the Decca days and apparently the company used to come around to do the recordings from time to time. Now, technology has made it possible to arrange and record songs even from your mobile phone.
    This band was a household name in its era. A few artistes from the band that later went solo still rode on the band’s fame with the usual “of the Ramblers” tag.
    I also noticed from some of their albums that they had their own renditions of popular songs from other artistes in a danceable style. They had Akwaboah’s version of “Onuapa Due” on a different album and on this album, I see Yamoah’s version of “Serwaa Akoto” on it. Nana Ampadu also admits giving them a few of his songs in his early days. Even if these artistes dont mind sharing their songs, I dont see why the global groove cant share these forgotten treasures that are no more on the market. But thats just by the way anyway.

  4. Matt 27 February 2015 at 19:32 - Reply

    Thank you so much DJ Moos! I’ve enjoyed the prior posts of the Ramblers International and am looking forward to listening to this one.

  5. Thomas 27 February 2015 at 19:47 - Reply

    Hello Moos! Hello Kwabena!
    I am sorry but I was absent and wasn’t able to answer Kwabena’s cheerful words
    more early. Kwabena thank you for that and get to know that I am also learning much from your comments.
    When I came to Ghana the time of Big Band Highlife was dimishing. I got to know their style of Highlife much later.
    The Ramblers “were born” in 1961/2 they were the “splitt off” of the brass-section of King Bruce’s Black Beats.
    The band was most popular not only in Ghana but also in the neighbouring countries. More info about the band can be found here
    Many Greetings / Thomas

  6. Lazz 27 February 2015 at 22:50 - Reply

    Most Magically Magnificent Moos
    Not relevant in any way to the lovely Ramblers – but a question/request.
    Do you have Orchestre Virunga, by any chance?
    Thank you for everything here.

    • Moos 28 February 2015 at 11:03 - Reply

      I did have them somewhere in the past but I see they’re gone,
      I’ll repost them for you soon..

      • Lazz 28 February 2015 at 19:02 - Reply

        Well, thank you thank you.

  7. Thomas 27 February 2015 at 23:59 - Reply

    In concern of C.K. Mann
    Sorry a mistake was made. This is the correct link:

    size: packed 124mb – unpacked 161 mb
    tracks: 12
    running-time: about 69min.

    In concern of Ramblers
    A fine record can be downloaded here:

    I hope, all questions were answered and you’ll enjoy.


    • kwabena boakye 28 February 2015 at 16:06 - Reply

      Thank you Thomas… unpacked, I see just 2 medleys in there … perhaps some of the combined tracks make up a medley, as usually done for these highlife medleys … 7 tracks make up the first medley and 5 tracks make up the second medley… a total of 12 tracks

  8. Franco Pepe Kalle 28 February 2015 at 00:02 - Reply

    I like the list of these songs. I am going to try hard to find more highlife music. Some have impressed me a lot. I like your blog. Great blog.

  9. Thomas 28 February 2015 at 17:42 - Reply

    Hallo Moos!
    I did something what should never be done, I acted before cross-checking the matter.
    The C.K. Mann link works but it carries also a vinyl-rip but not the CD. Sorry but I can’t trace the source of download anymore.
    This is the tracklist of the CD but I don’t know how to forward it.
    01 – Asafo Beesuon (Medley) – 13:30min – 31.735 KB
    02 – Beebi a Odo Wo (Medley) – 7:44min – 18.203 KB
    03 – Yebeyi Wo Aye (Ebibrim Blues) – 4:27min – 10.508 KB
    04 – Do Me Ma Mondo Wo Bi – 3:06min – 7.349 KB
    05 – Matow Aboa – 2:28min – 5.873 KB
    06 – Araba Lucy – 3:28min – 8,213 KB
    07 – Fawakoma Ma Me – 2:54min – 6.865 KB
    08 – Se Menya Wo A – 2:49min – 6.700 KB
    09 – Efi Na Matase – 4:35min – 10.835 KB
    10 – Ye Wo Abo Awokanka – 4:06min – 9.693 KB
    11 – Medzi Makoma Ma Wo – 9:44min – 22.918 KB
    12 – Nyama Mna Wo Nkoso Nyimpa Rebre – 11:26min – 26.893 KB

    A little compensation to all I disappointed:
    I tested the links, they are ok but they are old and may vanish soon.

    Ebo Taylor – Love And Death (flac 288mb)

    Orlando Owoh – Dr Ganja’s Polytonality Blues (ogg 131mb)

    Greetings / Thomas

  10. Kwabena Boakye 28 February 2015 at 22:15 - Reply

    Thank you for your efforts … Greatly appreciated

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