DJ Miles Cleret / Soundway Records

DJ Miles Cleret / Soundway Records

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Founded by crate digger extraordinaire Miles Cleret, Soundway Records is dedicated to unveiling forgotten chapters from some of the world's most vibrant musical cultures. From the Highlife and Rock sounds of 70s Nigeria to the golden age of Panamanian Musica Tipica and much much more.

Biography

The Soundway Records Story

Soundway Records came about pretty much by accident – a natural conclusion to the international record hunting journeys of label boss and DJ Miles Cleret. The idea for the label came about in 2001 at the house of a renowned Ghanaian Radio DJ in Accra – a treasure trove of forgotten LPs and 45s, saved for posterity and kept away from the humid conditions that has lain waste to most of the old records in the Tropics.
Having long been interested in African music, Miles realized quite how much undiscovered music there was to be found and set about tracking down musicians to license tracks and hear the stories of how the music came about.

Although coming from a background steeped in Jazz and Soul, the breadth of styles and influences that weave the complex web of West African music supplied more than enough fuel for the nascent Soundway Label and led to the “Ghana Soundz” series - focusing on the Afrobeat and Highlife of the country - followed by forays into neighboring Benin with the inspirational “Orchestre Poly-Rythmo”, before landing in Nigeria with the seminal “Nigeria Special” series of compilations – throwing new light onto the music of one of Africa’s most populous and culturally diverse countries, and becoming one of the most successful African music compilations of 2008.
It is testament to Miles Cleret’s hard work and dedication that Oscar Sulley’s “Bukom Mashie” - a previously unreleased track he unearthed in Ghana - has become a staple in the African music scene, and was used on the soundtrack to the Oscar winning film “The Last King of Scotland” in 2007, on an equal footing with tracks from Hugh Masekela and Tony Allen.

Endless traveling and on-the-hoof detective work led to an ever-increasing set of contacts as the strands of the music were followed from town to town and country to country, ultimately leading to a trans-Atlantic leap to the Caribbean and Latin America, where the music has drawn from African sources and given back in equal measures - a cultural conversation that has provided some of the most interesting and vital sounds ever to be created.
To this end, Soundway has released compilations of music from Colombia and Panama, using African influences as a starting point and attempting to present as broad a snapshot of these fascinating scenes as possible.

Soundway is still looking forward, mining the musical riches that have been forgotten across the world. The next release – “Panama!2 Latin Sounds, Cumbia Tropical and Calypso Funk on the Isthmus, 1967-77” is a return to the hugely diverse country that joins South and Central America, and is the result of over 20 visits to the country over the past five years, giving a truly in-depth look at the musical heritage of an oft-marginalized place.

Quality control is a sticking point for Soundway Records so all albums come presented with a full colour 24-page booklet, untold stories behind the music and vintage photos and cover art.

DEE JAY MILES CLERET

Miles Cleret recently guested as a DJ for the Big Day Out festival tour in Australia and New Zealand and has previously performed as a DJ at Womad and Glastonbury Festivals in the UK.

Discography

CDs

Ghana Soundz : Afro-Beat, Funk & Fusion in 70’s Ghana

Afro-Baby – The Evolution of the Afro-Sound in 70’s Nigeria

Ghana Soundz Volume 2 : Afro-Beat, Funk & Fusion in 70’s Ghana

T.P Orchestre Poly-Rythmo : The Kings of Benin Urban Groove.

Panama!: Latin, Calypso & Funk on the Isthmus 1965-75.

Colombia!: The Golden age of Discos Fuentes – the Powerhouse of Colombian Music 1960-76

Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-76 (Double CD)

Nigeria Disco Funk Special: The Sound of the Undergound Lagos Dancefloor

Nigeria Rock Special; Psychedelic Afro Rock & Fuzz Funk in 1970’s Nigeria

Sir Victor Uwaifo: Guitar Boy Superstar 1970-76
Panama! Volume 2 - Latin Sounds, Cumbia tropical & Calypso Funk on the Isthmus 1967-77.

Singles

Set List

Various tracks from the vast treasure troves of African and Latin Music with emphasis on music that has been made available through the Soundway catalogue.

DJ sets: 60 Mins - 120 Mins