Life Stories (Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1973-1980)

£ 21.99


During Ghana's highlife explosion of 1950s and '60s, following wartime highlife pioneers like ET Mensah, Ebo Taylor made his name as a prolific composer, arranger and frontman leading two of Ghana's greatest big bands - Stargazers and Broadway dance band. Moving to London to study music in 1962 alongside West African luminaries like Fela Kuti and Peter King, Taylor formed the Black Star highlife band and began incorporating jazz elements into traditional highlife forms. Returning to Ghana, Taylor became an in-house arranger and producer for Dick Essilfie-Bondzie's Essiebons label, working with other major Ghanaian stars like CK Mann and Pat Thomas.

Through the '70s, he then recorded a number of solo projects, exploring unique fusions and borrowing elements from regional Ghanaian folk music, afrobeat, jazz, soul and funk. This compilation revisits this heyday of Taylor's work, focusing on his solo albums and some of his lesser known side projects including the dynamite Apagya show band and short-lived Taylor-led combos Assase Ase, Super Sounds Namba and the Pelikans. The package features rare photos, original album artwork and sleeve notes by Soundway records' Miles Cleret.

Atwer Abroba
Ohiani Sua Efir
Kwaku Ananse
Peace On Earth
Aba Yaa
Ene Nyame Nam 'A' Mensuro
Tamfo Nyi Ekyir
Love And Death
Ohye Atar Gyan
Yes Indeed
What Is Life
Egya Edu
Format: 2xLP
Label: Strut
Catalogue numbers: STRUT072LP

Phonographic Copyright (p)-Strut
Copyright (c)-Strut
Mastered At-The Carvery

Barcodes & Identifiers:
Label Code-LC 07306
Media Condition: Mint (M)
Sleeve Condition: Mint (M)

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