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Move it Chaleh!
Move it Chaleh!

More by user: blebrave
Created: 26th Feb 2009
Modified: 26th Feb 2009
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Location(s):
Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali
Type:
Modern
Creator:
Okyeame Quophi
Creator:
DJ Menza
Creator:
Okyeame Kwame
Creator:
Praye
Creator:
DJ Mix 1er & Eloh DJ
Creator:
Rabbi
Creator:
Dogo
Creator:
Les Patrons
Creator:
Diata Sya & Mokobe
Creator:
Akyeame
Creator:
Quabena Philip
Creator:
Kedjevara
Creator:
DJ Bonano
Creator:
Nana Quame
Creator:
Mamou Sidibé
Publisher:
Akwaaba Music

Move it Chaleh! Words you might hear at an outdoor chop bar in Accra, Ghana, a calling for you to get up and shake it. A hint to the pungent grooves blasting out of subwoofers and beat up sound systems throughout West Africa today.

Smaller, cheaper studios are sprouting all over big African cities, allowing a new generation of artists to create and push the envelope of urban and dance music. In particular, Move It Chaleh! focuses on two underrated African
trends:

Coupé décalé is the upbeat sound of Ivory Coast today, a dance craze which can be heard throughout francophone Africa. It has roots in both Congolese soukous and Ivorian zouglou. It emerged at the height of the Ivorian crisis around 2002-2003, first in Paris, but it quickly spread to Ivory Coast, to Africa
and now to the world.


Hiplife is a Ghanaian mish mash of hip hop, dancehall, calypso and other Caribbean styles, with highlife, itself a mix of soul and funk with more traditional Ghanaian rhythms. It has taken Ghana by storm, and it is well known to Ghanaian abroad, particularly in the US and UK, yet it is still off the radar for most.

Time to change that. Move it chaleh!

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