November 8, 2015

City Boys International Band of Ghana
Ankwanobi, BJI Records 1982

City Boys, front

City Boys, back

It’s no news, Ghanaian records are hard to find in mint
condition. The first side of this album sounds pretty ok
the second side begins with a lot of noise. Unfortunately
it doesn’t get much better along the way. Let’s see what
we have here. City Boys International Band of Ghana led
by Obuoba J.A. Adofo found a load of happy listeners
already. Part from the soundquality the album is very
good, especially side one stands out to my humble
opinion. Side two is quite damaged but I recorded
it anyway for you to know what we’re missing.

I am so sorry side two sounds really terrible !

We had an “Ankwanobi” of their hand already,
same pistol-shaped guitar on the front. The one
we have today is different however, other version
of the title-song and other accompanying tracks as
well. Today’s version is slightly better I think.


01 – Ankwanobi
02 – Monsu name
03 – I have no father ( damaged )
04 – Dabia menko mewuo ( damaged )


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  1. Eddy Johns 8 November 2015 at 17:28 - Reply

    Thanks for more City Boys & all you do.

  2. Kwame Bediako 8 November 2015 at 18:48 - Reply

    Moos, you do rock!
    I’m dancing up a storm this Sunday. You’ve made my day!

    • Will Matczynski 9 November 2015 at 09:48 - Reply

      Really fantastic, thank you moos!

      Enjoying the third track with some pretty heavy lyrics!
      A quick question for Kwame Bediako, can you make out what Adofo is saying in the last line of the chorus? “Oh my lover _____ we shall meet again”


      • kwabena boakye 13 November 2015 at 21:26 - Reply

        “Oh my lover, one/some time we shall meet again” … he was either saying one time or some time … its pidjin english …an informal “broken” type of english very common in anglophone west Africa

        • Goon 16 November 2015 at 05:51 - Reply

          It’s definitely “one time”

  3. glinka21 8 November 2015 at 21:25 - Reply

    I haven’t listened to it all, yet, though I was planning on asking if you had more City Boys (or IK Dairo) available that you upload. But “Dabia menko mewuo” is just mildly scratchy, and I’ve heard worse, far worse, in downloads from Youtube. It certainly doesn’t interfere with the great music. Thank you for uploading this, and for pointing out that it isn’t the same as the other album of the same name.

  4. Scotty 8 November 2015 at 22:45 - Reply

    Thanks for this, I think it’s the music that matters more than any vinyl noise or scratches!! Thanks for all your hard work uploading these great albums!

  5. kwabena boakye 11 November 2015 at 23:48 - Reply

    Moos I salute you for all that you do just to bring us these treasures.

  6. Goon 16 November 2015 at 05:52 - Reply

    If this is what “damaged” sounds like, then bring it on. The music is so great that it is more than worth a little scratchiness.

  7. cole 15 December 2015 at 19:02 - Reply

    Thank you Moos. You make a lot of people happy. Merry X-mas from Los Angeles. Cole

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