History

Decca West Africa came into being in 1947 with the production of the first shellac disc, WA 101; A recording which included artists from the Gold Coast, Nigeria and Yoruba speaking artists from BĂ©nin. Recording tours around West Africa continued and the WA500 600, 1500, 600, 2600, 2700 and 1700 also came into being. During the 1950s the Decca catalogue featured many of the most popular West African artists including E.T. Mensah and his Tempos Band, The Black Beats, Melody Aces, The Ramblers Dance Band and The Stargazers Dance Band. The decade became known as the golden era of dance-band highlife. Decca West Africa played a major part in its development.

In 1956 Decca built a recording studio in Winneba, in Ghana. Until the 1970s Ghana became the main focus of the label until the 1971 when the relocated its West African branch Lagos, Nigeria. Production also moved from the UK to the Lagos based pressing plant R.M.N. By 1972 the economic climate in Ghana meant the Ghanaian releases slows artist to a standstill. By the mid-1970s the company focused uniquely on Nigerian artists such as the Funkees, Ofo & Black Company and The Luadju Sisters.

The Nigerian indigenization decrees of 1970s led to the Decca (WA) Ltd being operated locally by Nigerian owners with rights remaining at the Decca corporate level in Europe. Other labels including Soundpoint, Blackspot, Deram, Congo Decca / Afric Decca were also managed under the Decca West Africa umbrella. In 1981 the Decca group was re-organized and the DWA Group purchased the rights to all recordings outside of Nigeria.

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Decca West Africa Series Numbers
500 Gold Coast Artists
600 Gold Coast Artists
700 Gold Coast Artists
800 Gold Coast Artists
900 Gold Coast Artists
1500 Nigerian Artists
2500 Sierra Leone Artists
1600 Nigerian Artists
2560 Sierra Leone Artists
1800 Nigerian Artists
1900 Nigerian Artists
3000 Nigerian Artists
3100 Nigerian Artists