• Denholm Hewlett

[Music] NANA LOVE

The long-lost sounds of Nana Love, the Ghanaian queen of 1970's disco, boogie, R&B, reggae, highlife, soul and funk. A dynamic and mesmerising West African disco queen singer, songwriter, producer and band leader.



The original master tapes of Nana's debut album "Disco Documentary: Full of Funk" were re-discovered after 35 years of obscurity and their initial private vinyl pressing, to be finally digitised and re-released to the masses in 2014. The infectious disco, funk and soul grooves of this album sounds as fresh and original as when it was first recorded in London in 1978. Disco Documentary is one of those rare long-lost hidden gems albums that has retained its kudos over the decades and is now regarded by many to be a forgotten classic, all of Nana Love's striking and infectious tracks have stood the test of time as some of the most unique and unforgettable disco from 1970's West Africa.



The opening track of the LP is the bold and infectious "Im In Love", a twelve minute funkadelic journey with NANA taking centre stage. Press play on this track and continue reading about Nana Love's musical story.




The following text excerpts have been sampled from the liner notes of Disco Documentary, originally researched and written by Jesper Christiansen ~



Growing up as a young Ghanaian woman in Greenford, West London in the 1970's meant Nana Love was constantly exposed to the soul, disco, reggae and highlife sounds current amongst the Ghanaian expat community and the pop that dominated the national charts. Nana Love had briefly studied music in London in 1972, but was to all intents and purposes untrained. Despite this, those that worked with her remember her having a great ear, and when it came to the recording sessions, she always knew what she wanted to do and how to do it. Nana had been preparing for this moment for over a decade, she had always been a singer, always singing her heart out, and had already written over thirty self-penned compositions in her repertoire. Her towering and raw vocals were met by the ultra-funky and groove heavy break beat instrumentation of her legendary studio band, 'The Dynamics'.



The recording of Disco Documentary was made possible after Nana Love met music producer and her future husband Reindorf Oppong. The pair clicked to such an extent that in 1978 they made arrangements to record Nana's first solo record with an incredible twelve piece line up of talented musicians, including guitarist and singer Harry Mosco, who had previously played with Nigerian Afro-rock band The Funkees. The album was engineered by none other than Dennis Bovell, arguably the greatest studio engineer Britain's black music scene produced and who was also a major figure in reggae as a record producer. The record was cut in two weeks in two different west end studios, one in Goodge Street and one in Shaftsbury Avenue, It was reported that David Bowie was recording at the same time at one of the studios.



The Disco Documentary record came out on Reindorf and Love's own label, Nestor, but in the highly competitive and here-today-gone-tomorrow market, the record soon got lost in the noise, but it's always retained it's unmistakable legacy. Now 40 years later, Nana's marriage to Reindorf has endured, she has since changed her name to Angel Love and has continued to record and sing in the studio, which resulted in a second album, Obaatan Pa, which features Nana singing in her native Ghanaian tongue. The singer's second album managed to seamlessly encapsulate the highlife, reggae and disco movement that was spreading like wildfire in Ghana during the late 1970's.



Here are a few more incredible tracks from Nana Love's short and sweet discography, we strongly encourage you to check out her Disco Documentary album and help spread the love. Please support the artist if you can.



~ Psychic Garden

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