The Black Beats

1.  78 rpm shellac and 45 rpm vinyl single play records
2.  45 rpm vinyl EP compilations
3.  33 rpm vinyl LP, cassette and CD compilations

1.  78 rpm shellac and 45 rpm vinyl single play records

His Master’s Voice [series and number not identified] P1953
The Black Beats
A: OSHIJA {Traditional} Ga (Highlife)
B: TSO NO TSATSA {Traditional} Ga (Highlife)

Decca WA [serial number not identified] P1954
Black Beats Band
A: TEEMON SANE {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
B: [not identified]

Decca WA 784
King Bruce and the Black Beats
A: PERFU PERFU
B: SWEET CONSOLATION Calypso

Parlophone UTC. 6051 P1954
Black Beats Band
A: ADENE {Twi} Native arrangement with vocal refrain [102/2A]
B: AYI LANA {Twi} Native arrangement with vocal refrain [104/3A]

Parlophone UTC. 6052 P1954
Black Beats Band
A: ESI ADAADAA ME Fanti Native arrangement with vocal refrain [101/3A]
B: MENENAM Twi Native arrangement with vocal refrain [103/2A]

Senafone F.A.O. 1318 P ca.1954
Black Beats Band
A: TSUTUSU BLEMA BENEKE {Traditional} Ga (Highlife) [IF5023] 
B: SAUVY VOU (Calypso) [IF5024]

Senafone F.A.O. 1384 P ca.1955
Black Beats Band
A: OBA (Highlife)
B: SAILING HOME (Calypso)

Senafone F.A.O. 1385 P ca.1955
Black Beats Band
A: RAIN DROPS (Highlife)
B: WHERE ARE YOU? (Rumba)

Senafone F.A.O. 1386 P ca.1955
Black Beats Band
A: SWEET ADELINA (Calypso)
B: BAYA MAMBO (Mambo)

Senafone F.A.O. 1387 P ca.1955
Black Beats Band
A: EMMA WAWA (Samba)
B: SUNSHINE SUSIE (Highlife)

Senafone F.A.O. 1405 P ca.1955
Black Beats Band
A: MONEY NEVER BITES (Highlife)
B: THREE RATS (Highlife)

Senafone F.A.O. 1406 P ca.1955
Black Beats Band
A: FOLLOW YOUR LOVER (Highlife)
B: FINE BOY (Samba)

Senafone F.A.O. 1407 P ca.1955
Black Beats Band
A: GABASERTAIN (Calypso)
B: KYERE ME (Highlife)  

His Master’s Voice JUP 101 P ca.1955
King Bruce and his Black Beats
A: NYA ASEM HWE Fanti (Highlife)
B: COME AND NEVER GO FOR EVER English (Calypso)

His Master’s Voice JUP 106 P ca.1955
King Bruce and his Black Beats
A: WEY TING NA ME I DO (Highlife)
B: KRONKRON Fanti (Highlife)

His Master’s Voice JUP 107 P ca.1955
King Bruce and his Black Beats
A: EWURABA BETTY Fanti (Highlife)
B: COMFORT SAMBA English (Samba)

His Master’s Voice JUP 110 P ca.1955
King Bruce and his Black Beats
A: HWIA ME AHEMAMU Fanti (Highlife)
B: SAN BRA Fanti (Blues)

Senafone F.A.O. 1439 P ca. 1956
The Black Beats Lead by King Bruce
A: TAKE HER IN YOUR ARMS (Samba) [IH5265]
B: CANDY RUMBA (Rumba) [IH5266]

Senafone F.A.O. 1440 P ca.1956
Black Beats Band
A: MENA WOM {Traditional} Fanti (Highlife) [IH5267]
B: MOHAMADU (Traditional) Hausa (Highlife) [IH5268]

Senafone F.A.O. 1445 P ca.1956
Black Beats Band
A: ODO YEWU Twi (Highlife)
B: ANNE CLAIRE (Calypso)

Senafone F.A.O. 1526 P ca.1956
Black Beats Band
A: OBRA BO {Patrick Forson} Fanti (Highlife) [IX5503]
B: NNOMO NOKO {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife) [IX5504}

Senafone F.A.O. 1527 P ca.1956
Black Beats Band
A: MAYE MAYE {Oscarmore Ofori} Twi (Highlife) [IX5505]
B: ESSIE MERCY {Oscarmore Ofori} Fanti (Highlife) [IX5506]

Philips P 283 P ca.1956
The Black Beats
A: SUBAN KRATTA Fanti (Highlife)
B: SIA DZEE NU TAMOHE Ga (Highlife)

His Master’s Voice JUP 113 P ca.1956
The Black Beats
A: FINE FINE THING (Highlife)
B: ALAHATA MAMBO

His Master’s Voice JUP 115 P ca.1956
The Black Beats
A: HALA BAYA (Highlife)
B: SALAGA AMINA

His Master’s Voice JUP 117 P ca.1956
The Black Beats
A: SOMEBODOBY’S MARRIAGE PALAVER
B: HIGH LIFE MEDLEY

His Master’s Voice JUP 118 P ca.1956
The Black Beats Led by Jerry Hansen
A: ABAHERE MI (Highlife)
B: NEGRITA SAMBA (Samba)

His Master’s Voice JUP 119 P ca.1956
The Black Beats Led by Jerry Hansen
A: OTANFO ABONSAM (Highlife)
B: NANA ABREWA (Highlife)

Decca WA 824
The Black Beats Led by Jerry Hansen Vocalist Mike Lewis
A: OSINANDA [KWA 5419]
B: I LOVE HONEY [KWA 5420]

Decca WA 840 P ca.1956
Black Beats Band
A: OBIELE {Traditional.) Ga (Highlife) [KWA 5597]   
B: KEDZI MI LE Ga (Highlife) [KWA 5598]

Decca WA 841 P ca.1956
Black Beats Band Vocal by Mike Lewis & The Black Birds
A: AFII NYONMAI ENYO {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
B: REGULAR AS A RECORD CHANGER {King Bruce} English (Calypso)

Decca WA 902 P1958
Black Beats Band
A: SUUMO GBOO KE MOO SHI {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
B: DEAR SI ABOTAR {Oscarmore Ofori} Fanti (Highlife)

Decca WA 903 P1959
Black Beats Band
A: AO! DEI! OH! {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
B: MENYE WO BOKOR {Oscarmore Ofori} Twi (Highlife)

Decca WA 904 P1959
Black Beats Band
A: DE EHUO {Oscarmore Ofori} Fanti (Highlife)  
B: MIKUU MISE MIBAA DON {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)

Decca WA 916 P1959
Black Beats Band
Vocal by Frank Barnes and Mike Lewis and the Black Birds
A: QUEEN’S VISIT {King Bruce} English (Highlife) [KWA 5963]
B: MEDAHO MAO {King Bruce} Fanti (Highlife) [KWA 5964]

Decca WA 917 P1959
Black Beats Band
Vocal by Frank Barnes and Mike Lewis and the Black Birds
A: ANOKWA EDOMI {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife) [KWA 5965]
B: AGOODZI {Oscarmore Ofori} Fanti (Highlife) [KWA 5966]

Decca WA 951 / 45-WA 951 P1960
Black Beats Band
A: ENYA WO DOFO (Oscarmore Ofori) Fanti (Highlife) [KWA 6033] Vocal by Frank Barnes
B: MINANI MINA (King Bruce) Ga (Highlife) [KWA 6034] Vocal by Mike Lewis

Decca WA 952 / 45-WA 952 P1960
The Black Beats Band
A: Vocal by Mike Lewis and the Black Birds B: Vocal by Frank Barnes and the Black Birds
A: LAI MOMO (King Bruce) Ga (Highlife) [KWA 6035]
B: NANTSEW YIE (Oscarmore Ofori) Fanti (Highlife) [KWA 6036]

Decca WA 953 / 45-WA 953 P1960
Black Beats Band Vocal by Bassy and Chuks
A: ABASI DO {Bassey & Chuks} Efik (Highlife) [KWA 6037]
B: MO FE RON RE Yoruba (Highlife)

Decca WA 966 / 45-WA 966 P1960
The Black Beats Band 
A: ME KAPERBA Fanti (Highlife) [KWA 6063] Vocal by Bob Cole & the Black Birds
B: MENYIBER SEM Fanti (Highlife) [KWA 6064] Vocal by Frank Barnes

Decca WA 967 / 45-WA 967 P ca.1960
Black Beats Band 
A: MENI AGYE {King Bruce} Fanti (Highlife)
B: ABAN NKABA {Bob Cole} Fanti (Highlife)

Decca GWA 4008 / 45-GWA 4008 P1961
Black Beats Band
A: AMMA MERE WU Fanti (Highlife) [KWA 6157]
B: TELEPHONE LOBI Ga (Highlife) [KWA 6158]

Decca GWA 4009 / 45-GWA 4009 P ca.1960
Black Beats Band
A: NKOME NKOMO {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
B: SORE BE TIE’M Twi (Highlife)

Decca GWA 4019 / 45-GWA 4019 P ca.1960
Black Beats Band
A: SROTOI YE MLI {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
B: KASA BERE’W {King Bruce} Twi (Highlife)

Decca GWA 4020 / 45-GWA 4020 P ca.1960
Black Beats Band
A: OWO KO NI FE Yoruba (Highlife)
B: BU DURU WANA Hausa (Highlife)

Decca GWA 4021 / 45-GWA 4021 P1961
Black Beats Band
A: GYE KO DIDI {Oscarmore Ofori} Twi (Highlife) [KWA 6183]
B: WON MA MENKA {Oscarmore Ofori} Fanti (Highlife) [KWA 6184]

Decca GWA 4074 / 45-GWA 4074 P1962
Black Beats Band Leader: King Bruce
A: MISUMO BO TAMO SHE Ga (Highlife) [KWA 6289]
B: ODO FOFOR Twi (Highlife) [KWA 6290]

Decca GWA 4075 / 45-GWA 4075 P1962
Black Beats Band Leader: King Bruce
A: SE NEA WOTE YI ARA Twi (Highlife) [KWA 6291]
B: KWEMO NI OKAGBI Ga (Highlife) [KWA 6292]

Decca GWA 4096 / 45-GWA 4096 P ca.1963
Black Beats Band
A: YORYI {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
B: OBEDI AMAME DAA Twi (Highlife)

Decca GWA 4097 / 45-GWA 4097 P1963
Black Beats Band
A: DZEE ASHWE {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife) [KWA 6335]
B: WOSOMPA NTI {Ami Johnson} Twi (Highlife) [KWA 6336]

Decca GWA 4098 / 45-GWA 4098 P1963
Black Beats Band
A: ANUATRE HREBII {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife) [KWA 6337]
B: ODO TESE ANOMA Twi (Highlife) [KWA 6338]

Decca 45-GWA 4128 P ca.1963
Black Beats Band
A: ME NE NO NAM Twi (Highlife)
B: GBE BE HE {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)    

Decca 45-GWA 4129 P ca.1963
Black Beats Band
A: AGYE OWU Twi (Highlife)
B: BE NAKAI MO {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)

Decca 45-GWA 4134 P ca.1963
Black Beats Band
A: MADE RESEE Twi (Highlife)
B: BABY JULIE YABA Ga (Highlife)

Decca 45-GWA 4135 P ca. 1963
Black Beats Band
A: KEN KEN Ga (Kpanlogo)
B: HWE NEA NYAME AYE Twi (Highlife)

Decca 45-GWA 4149 P ca.1963
Black Beats Band
A: KPANLOGO LOLO MASHI {King Bruce} English (Kpanlogo)
B: WODO AHYE ME MMA Twi (Highlife)

Decca 45-GWA 4173 P ca.1964
Black Beats Band
A: MAHAO MISHE Ga (Highlife)
B: YA DIBA Ibo (Highlife)

Decca 45-GWA 4174 P ca.1964
Black Beats Band
A: BIRIBI RE YEMI Twi (Shake)
B: OLE MO MLI MOMO Ga (Highlife)

Philips 335067 P1974
The Black Beats
Vocals: Alfred Tettey, Dan Quarcoo, Ray Tettey & Thomas Tamakloe
A: NOKO TAMO NEKE (King Bruce) Ga (Highlife)
B: TSOTSEE (King Bruce) Ga (Highlife)

2.  45 rpm vinyl EP compilations

His Masters Voice 7 EGC 8 P1957
GHANA RHYTHM

  1. 1. The Black Beats HALA BAYA (Highlife)
    2. The Black Beats FINE FINE THING (Highlife)
    Side B: E.K.’s Band

Decca WAX 107 P1959
Black Beats Band THE BLACK BEATS BAND

  1. 1. OSINANDA (Highlife)
    2. I LOVE HONEY (Calypso)
  2. 1. SUMMO GBOO KE MOO SHI {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
    2. DEAR SI ABOTAR {Oscarmore Ofori} Fanti (Highlife)

Decca WAX 114 P1960
GHANA HIGHLIFES Vol. 2

  1. 1. Black Beats Band LAI MOMO Ga (Highlife)
    2. Black Beats Band NANTSEW YIE {Oscarmore Ofori}  Fanti (Highlife)
    Side B: E.T. Mensah & his Tempos Band

Decca WAX 115 P1960
GHANA MUSICAL BOX Vol. 1

  1. 1. Black Beats Band MENI AGYE {King Bruce} Fanti (Highlife)
    2. Black Beats Band ABAN NKABA {Bob Cole} Fanti (Highlife)
    Side B: Onyina’s Guitar Band

Philips 420 010 P ca.1961
The Black Beats TAKE OFF FOR HIGHLIFE Vol. 3

  1. 1. WIEMO ABLEBI Ga
    2. MEREKO! OH! Fanti
  2. 1. SUBAN KRATAA Fanti
    2. ATAMFO NSA AKAME Fanti

3.  33 rpm vinyl LP, cassette and CD compilations

Senafone LP 102 P ca.1957
Various artists RHYTHM ACES
B: 4. The Black Beats OBA (Highlife)

Decca WAL 1004 P1959
Various artists GHANA FESTIVAL
A: 2. Black Beats Band SUUMO GBOO KE MOO SHI {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
B: 2. Black Beats Band DEAR SI ABOTAR {Oscarmore Ofori} Fanti (Highlife)

Decca WAL 1006 P1959
Black Beats Band BLACK BEATS RHYTHMS

  1. 1. SUMMO GBOO KE MOO SHI {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
    2. DEAR SI ABOTAR {Oscarmore Ofori} Fanti (Highlife)
    3. AO! DEI! OH! {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
    4. MENYE WO BOKOR {Oscarmore Ofori} Twi (Highlife)
    5. DE EHUO {Oscarmore Ofori} Fanti (Highlife)
  2. 1. MIKUU MISE MIBAA DON {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
    2. QUEEN’S VISIT {King Bruce} English (Highlife)
    3. MEDAHO MAO {King Bruce} Fanti (Highlife)
    4. AGOODZI {Oscarmore Ofori} Fanti (Highlife)
    5. ANOKWA EDOMI {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)

Decca WAL 1011 P1960
Black Beats Band TROPICAL RHYTHM

  1. 1. ENYA WO DOFO {Oscarmore Ofori} Fanti (Highlife)
    2. MINANI MINA {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
    3. LAI MOMO Ga (Highlife)
    4. NANTSEW YIE {Oscarmore Ofori}  Fanti (Highlife)
    5. ABASI DO (Bassey & Chuks) Efik (Highlife)
  2. 1. MO FE RON RE Yoruba (Highlife)
    2. ME KAPER BA (Bob Cole) Fanti (Highlife)
    3. MENYIBER SEM {King Bruce} Fanti (Highlife)
    4. MENI AGYE {King Bruce}  Fanti (Highlife)
    5. ABAN NKABA (Bob Cole) Fanti (Highlife)

Decca WAL 1021 P1961
Black Beats Band BLACK BEATS ENCORES

  1. 1. AMMA MERE WU {Oscarmore Ofori} Fanti (Highlife)
    2. TELEPHONE LOBI {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
    3. SORE BI TIE’M Twi (Highlife)
    4. NKOME NKOMO {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
    5. OWO KO NI FE Yoruba (Highlife)
  2. 1. SROTOI YE MLI {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
    2. KASA BERE’W {King Bruce} Twi (Highlife)
    3. BU DURU MANA Hausa (Highlife)
    4. GYE KO DIDI {Oscarmore Ofori} Twi (Highlife)
    5. WON MA MENKA {Oscarmore Ofori} Fanti (Highlife)

Decca WAP 20 P1961
Various artists STARS OF WEST AFRICA

  1. 1. Black Beats Band AMMA MERU WU {Oscarmore Ofori} Fanti (Highlife)
    2. Black Beats Band SORE BE TIE’M Twi (Highlife)
  2. 3. Black Beats Band TELEPHONE LOBI {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
    4. Black Beats Band NKOME NKOMO {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)

Decca WAP 21 P1962
Various artists STARS OF GHANA

  1. 1. Black Beats Band SROTOI YE MLI {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
    6. Black Beats Band OWO KO NI FE Yoruba (Highlife)
  2. 1. Black Beats Band WON MA MANKA {Oscarmore Ofori} Fanti (Highlife)
    5. Black Beats Band BU DURU WANA Hausa (Highlife)

Decca WAL 1029 P ca.1963
The Black Beats Band SWEET SOUND OF THE BLACK BEATS

  1. 1. YORYI {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
    2. ODO FOFOR {King Bruce} Twi (Highlife)
    3. MISUMO BO TAMO SHE {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
    4. OBEDI AMAME DAA Twi (Highlife)
    5. DZEE AASHWE {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
  2. 1. WOSOMPA NTI {Ami Johnson} Twi (Highlife)
    2. ANUATRE HREBII {King Bruce} Ga (Baion)
    3. SE NEA WOTE TI ARA {King Bruce} Twi (Highlife)
    4. KWEMO NI OKAGBI {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
    5. ODO TESE ANOMA Twi (Highlife)

Fontana MGF 27519 (mono) / SRF 67519 (stereo) P ca.1963
Various artists DOIN’ THE HIGHLIFE
A: 1. The Black Beats Band WIEMO ABLEBI (Highlife)
B: 1. The Black Beats Band MA EBAKA ARA NYIN (Highlife)

Decca WAPS 45 P1972
Various artists HI-LIFES YOU HAVE LOVED
Side B:
1. The Black Beats Band MEDAHO MAWO {King Bruce} Fanti (Highlife)
3. The Black Beats Band ANOKWA EDOMI {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)

Decca WAP 281 P1975
Various artists AKOM KO
Side B:
1. Black Beats MEDO WO SENEA WOTE
4. Black Beats ANIBRE SEM
6. Black Beats ME YE AYERA

RetroAfric RETRO 13CD P1987
King Bruce and the Black Beats
GOLDEN HIGHLIFE CLASSICS FORM THE 1950s AND 1960s
01. SROTOI YE MLI (King Bruce) Ga (Highlife)
02. MEDAHO MAO (King Bruce) Fanti (Highlife)
03. ENYA WO DOFO (Oscarmore Ofori) Fanti (Highlife)
04. MISUMO BO TAMO SHE (King Bruce) Ga (Highlife)
05. MIKUU MISE MBAA DON (King Bruce) Ga (Highlife)
06. ANUATRE HREBII (King Bruce) Ga (Baion)
07. ABAN NKABA (Bob Cole) Fanti (Highlife)
08. NANTSEW YIE (Oscarmore Ofori) Fanti (Highlife)
09. ABASI DO (Bassey & Chuks) Efik (Highlife)
10. ODOR FOFOR (King Bruce) Twi (Highlife)
11. SUUMO GBOO KE MOO SHI (King Bruce) Ga (Highlife)
12. DEAR SI ABOTAR (Oscomore Ofori) Twi (Highlife)
13. AGOODZI (Oscarmore Ofori) Fanti (Highlife)
14. WON MA MENKA (Oscarmore Ofori) Fanti (Highlife)
15. THE QUEEN’S VISIT (King Bruce) English (Highlife)

Bruss Production Audio cassette – no serial number P1995
Black Beats ORIGINAL HIGHLIFE GOLDEN CLASSICS Vol. 1 AGOODZI
Side A:
1. ENYA WO DOFO {Oscarmore Ofori} Fanti (Highlife)
2. MEDAHO MAO {King Bruce} Fanti (Highlife)
3. MISUMO BO TAMO SHE {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
4. MIKUU MISE MIBAA DON {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
5. ANUATRE HREBII {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
6. ABAN NKABA (Bob Cole) Fanti (Highlife)
7. NANTSEW YIE {Oscarmore Ofori} Fanti (Highlife)
Side B:
8. ABASI DO (Bassey & Chuks) Efik (Highlife)
9. ODOR FOFOR {King Bruce} Twi (Highlife)
10. SUUMO GBOO KE MOO SHI {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
11. KWEMO NI OKAGBI {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
12. DEAR SI ABOTAR (Oscomore Ofori) Twi (Highlife)
13. AGOODZI {Oscarmore Ofori} Fanti (Highlife)
14. MENYE WO BOKOR {Oscarmore Ofori} Twi (Highlife)

Bruss Production Audio cassette – no serial number P1995
Black Beats ORIGINAL HIGHLIFE GOLDEN CLASSICS Vol. 2 DZEE AASHWE
Side A:
1. SE NEA WOTE YI ARA {King Bruce} Twi (Highlife)
2. MENYIBER SEM {King Bruce} Fanti (Highlife)
3. MINANI MINA {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
4. LAI MOMO Ga (Highlife)
5. ANOKWA EDOMI {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
6. ME KAPER BA (Bob Cole) Fanti (Highlife)
7. MO FE RON RE Yoruba (Highlife)
Side B:
8. YORYI {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
9. AO! DEI! OH! {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
10. DZEE ASHWE {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)
11. MENI AGYE {King Bruce} Fanti (Highlife)
12. TSOTSEE
13. DE EHUO DE EHUO {Oscarmore Ofori} Fanti (Highlife)
14. ONA NOKO TAMO NEKE

Night & Day NDCD 025 P1998
Various artists HIGHLIFE High Up’s  – La musique du Gold Coast des années 60
Disc 1: 02. Black Beats ANOKWA EDOMI {King Bruce} Ga (Highlife)

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The following people have contributed to this discography: Richard Noblett