During twenty-six years in Ghana one experienced a complete sarkodie revolution in communications but in the 1970s an English family in Ghana could feel very isolated. The main input of current popular culture came with sons on vacation from boarding school at Christmas, Easter and the long summer break. The 1970s was the era of the tape recorder and most entertainment came by that medium. New comedy like Monty Python’s Flying Circus came as a sort of reverse culture shock, which left parents and children out of phase for some time before all could enjoy the joke in the sketch of the dead parrot.
On one vacation, the expatriate youth on the campus of the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, decided to put on a comedy show in the Great Hall of the university. Everyone was invited to attend, and parents were worried about whether the experience would be free of embarrassment. It turned out to be a great success. Some of the sketches were taken straight from Monty Python, and two brothers brought the house down with the sketch about the room where you go for an argument: ‘Excuse me, is this where I come for an argument?’ and the angry reply, ‘No, it is not!’
Not only Monty Python came to Ghana on tape. Much popular music also arrived, and if at first it did not please, incessant repetition brought a numb acceptance. A more easily assimilated cultural input was a recording of Richard Burton reading the War of the Worlds by H G Wells. Any amount of repetition of that sonorous voice and perfect English was acceptable, and the dearth of material meant that repetition was inevitable. When the boys were away the house stayed mostly in silence, but when the boys were home the tape recorder was constantly in use.
Things moved forward over the years. Television arrived and even burst into colour. Then with the arrival of video recorders it became possible to bring recordings of British TV programmes as well as tapes of the latest films. By the 1990s, the boys had left their education far behind and were working, marrying and raising families. But they still found time to come on visits and invariably packed video tapes in their luggage. Nevertheless, it was the hard time of the 1970s that were most fondly remembered, when the tape recorder brought glimpses of England to Ghana and took audio letters and children’s stories back to boarding schools in England.
The demand for Nigerian Cinema is steadily gaining pace as it is the second largest film industry. It holds the second position in terms of annual film productions, ahead of the United States and behind the Indian film industry. It is known as Nollywood just like how U.S film industry is known as Hollywood, while the Indian film industry is referred to as Bollywood.
The Nigerian film industry operates for a fraction of the cost and time. The duration of the movie is less, only a couple of weeks and the budget usually are around 15 thousand dollars. Nollywood is a US$250 million movie industry, with over 200 videos for the home video market every month. Even though Nollywwod has been around since the 1960’s its popularity is relatively recent due to affordable digital filming and editing technologies. You can Watch the Latest Nigeria Nollywood Movies online. Watch all the latest releases in the comfort of your home. The movies that you should not be missed out on include Kingdom of Beauty (Part I and II), In the Name of Money, Foolish Lovers (Part I and II) and The Private Storm (Part I and II).
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As for Nigerian Music, it includes many kinds of folk and popular music. Quite a few tracks are known worldwide. Nigeria is referred to as “the heart of African music” because of its role in the development of West African highlife and palm-wine music. Highlife is a music genre that originated in Ghana and spread to Sierra Leone, Nigeria and other West African countries. Highlife is distinguished because of jazzy horns and multiple guitars, which lead the band. Nigeria has the most advanced recording studio technology in Africa. This is a great opportunity for new, upcoming artists.