Ebo Taylor

Ebo Taylor

Strut link up with one of the true greats of Ghanaian music, Ebo Taylor, for his first ever internationally released studio album.

Following the wartime big band highlife pioneers like E.T. Mensah, Taylor became a major figure in Ghanaian highlife during the 1950s and '60s as highlife exploded. Cutting his teeth with leading big bands like Stargazers and Broadway Dance Band, Ebo Taylor quickly rose through the ranks and became a prolific composer and frontman. Taylor moved to London in 1962 to study. "I had the Black Star Highlife Band sponsored by the Ghanaian High Commission, mainly comprising music students. We tried to incorporate jazz into highlife and progressed through talking and through jam sessions, trying to develop our skills and ideas."

Now 74 years-old, Ebo Taylor's music has become increasingly in-demand in recent years with a series of Ghanaian compilations on Soundway Records and Analog Africa and an unexpected sample as Usher lifted a riff from 'Heaven' for his hit with Ludacris, 'She Don't Know'. A new Ebo Taylor album was a natural progression. "For the new album, I wanted to advance the cause of Afrobeat music. Fela started it and we shouldn't just abandon it. We should push it so it is a standard form of music." The result is a firing new set backed by Afrobeat Academy, a Berlin-based collective featuring members of Poets Of Rhythm, Kabu Kabu (Jimi Tenor collaborators) and Ghanaian legends Marijata. Tracks include new versions of Taylor classics 'Victory' and 'Love And Death' and a selection of new compositions including 'Kwame', celebrating Ghana's late, lamented leader Kwame Nkrumah.

Title Album Genre Tools
Appia Kwa Bridge Love and Death World
Client:
Era:
1980s
Genres:
World
Instruments:
Bass, Conga Drums, Drums, Electric Guitar, and Horns
Keywords:
Funky/Groove, Percussive/Drums, and Spiritual
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits
Subgenres:
African Folk and Afro-Beat
Tempo:
Medium Fast
CD/Track #:
Love and Death
Release Year:
2010
Track ID:
41918
main mix 7:31
Ayesama Love and Death World
Client:
Era:
1980s
Genres:
World
Instruments:
Conga Drums, Drums, Electric Guitar, Horns, Maracas, and Organ
Keywords:
Bright, Funky/Groove, Percussive/Drums, and Spiritual
Scene Descriptions:
Sunny Day and Victory
Subgenres:
Afro-Beat
Tempo:
Medium Fast
CD/Track #:
Love and Death
Release Year:
2010
Track ID:
41923
main mix 8:14
Take Me Back