gyedu’s first album, released in 1975. super funky highlife tunes here. includes the killer tunes fa no dem ara, this hustling world and akoko ba. the album is written and produced with ebo taylor. gyedu-blay ambolley unleashed his unique brand of -simigwa- music on an eager yet unsuspecting world in 1975 with the release of this, his debut album. suffused with his larger-than-life personality, this lp ia an absolutely irresistable manifesto of his heavy afro-funk simigwa philosophy. long sought after by collectors, academy lp’s and voodoo funk have teamed up once again to revive this incredible record from the vibrant musical scene of 70’s west africa. mastered from the original master tapes and featuring the rather remarkable original sleeve, this is an ultra high-quality reissue that continues the reputation acadamy has built up with its previous releases!
analog africa s neunte veröffentlichung ihrer limited edition serie ist ein fantastischer dancefloor sommercocktail aus highlife, funk und synths des ghanaischen bandleaders gyedu-blay ambolley, zusammengefasst in einer 4 track-lp. in den 1980er jahren begann der ghanaische bandleader gyedu-blay ambolley mit elektronischen instrumenten zu experimentieren, und das ergebnis war ein potenter cocktail aus highlife, funk, explorativen synthesizern und rechtschaffenem gesang, dem sound eines unruhigen genies, das die traditionellen sounds des highlife in eine mutige neue zukunft treiben wollte.
ghana soundz was the first ever soundway compilation and became recognised worldwide due to the licensing of the oscar sulley track, ‘bukom mashie’ to the soundtrack of hollywood blockbuster, ‘last king of scotland’.
pounding rhythms, blaring horns and pumping vocals – the music is a document of a time forgotten when flares and cuban heels strutted the streets and night-spots of accra, the sizzlingly hot and humid capital of ghana. influenced as much by traditional rhythms and local highlife as by the music of fela kuti, james brown and santana, these tunes had almost become extinct – until now!
ghana soundz was the first of three collections of rare afro-beat, afro-funk and afro-fusion that miles cleret painstakingly travelled the length and breadth of ghana to assemble, the third compilation to be released late 2009.
2017 repress - double vinyl in gatefold sleeve.
finally on lp! levels of interest in this outstanding era of west african music are higher than ever following the exceptional work of labels such as soundway, analog africa, strut, honest jons and otrabanda. this excellent compilation provides further proof of the sheer depth of quality of music coming out of post-independence ghana.