Angel Love – Obaatan Pa
Following on from our re-issue of Nana Love’s forgotten classic ‘Full of Funk – Disco Documentary’ which created quite a stir among lovers of off-kilter disco beats including Gilles Peterson, Wax Poetics and Huey Morgan, we present ‘Obaatan Pa’, another ultra rare gem from the West African vocalist Nana ‘Angel’ Love.
This album perfectly encapsulates the ‘highlife’ movement that dominated Ghana during the late seventies, which took on influences from US disco and funk, wrapping them up in energetic African rhythms with a level of ebullience that’s beyond infectious.
Presented alongside an charming 70’s radio advert which was aimed at London’s West African community describing Ms Love as ‘The Voice That Turns Them On’, ‘Obaatan Pa’s stellar musicianship and carnival atmosphere has certainly stood the test of time. With a new interest and awareness in African music (and particularly highlife) seeping into the public consciousness of late, there couldn’t be a better time to explore the special magic of ‘Angel Love’.