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From baaad Afro-rock to really good highlife, dig this Afro-pop

For a wider variety of vintage West African tracks and a few new ones, The Rough Guide to the Music of Nigeria and Ghana (World Music Network) yields lots of great tracks at a budget price. Heavyweights like highlife pioneer I.K. Dairo, juju godfather King Sunny Ade, Sir Victor Uwaifo, and A.B. Crentsil weigh in with enjoyable tracks; Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe contributes a tasty shot of updated big-band highlife from his revitalized career; and former Fela drummer Tony Allen goes avant-garde on "Asiko." With hip-hop-derived styles sweeping the continent, the once-dominant genres of juju, fuji, and highlife have grown about as quaint as doo-wop today. Catch these endangered but still-kicking styles before they go the way of the dodo.

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