Here is a long-lost track from Fela Ransome-Kuti, or as he is perhaps more widely known, Fela Kuti. Although going on to pioneer the burgeoning Afrobeat sound, this particular recording is in the highlife genre. Characterised by leading rhythm guitars and jazzy brass sections, the genre began life in Ghana and spread to other West African countries, including Nigeria, where Fela Kuti hails from.

As such, this recording of 'Fela's Special' by Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Highlife Rakers is typical of the genre, an indomitably upbeat sound whose brass stutter in rhythmic jibes, parenthesising horn solos, underpinned with the bass notes of a piano, soft juddering jazz guitar chords and an always-shuffling skittering beat.

Lost since 1960 – when it was recorded for London's Melodisc label (one of a few outlets for Caribbean and African music) – it has resurfaced, appearing on upcoming compilation, Highlife on the Move: Selected Nigerian and Ghanaian Recordings from London and Lagos – 1954-66. It's expected 16th March, but you can pre-order it here.

• Interested in African music? We interviewed Brain Shimkovitz, the man behind Awesome Tapes From Africa: a label dedicated to sourcing and re-issuing obscure, hard-to-find music from African artists.