Gyedu-Blay Ambolley- Limited Dance Edition No 09

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley- Limited Dance Edition No 09

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180 Gram Single LP with Silkscreen Printed Cover and pressed on Coloured Vinyl. Prepare yourself for new directions in Afro-funk. During the 1980s, ghanaian band leader Gyedu-Blay Ambolley began to experiment with electronic instruments, and the result was a potent cocktail of highlife, funk, exploratory synths and righteous vocals, the sound of a restless genius intent on pushing the traditional sounds of highlife into a brave new future.

By the end of the 1970s, Ambolley was already a legendary figure on the Ghanaian music scene. A drummer, turned guitarist, turned bassist, turned lead vocalist, he rose to prominence during the late 1960s, serving with countryman Ebo Taylor in the Stargazers and the Uhuru Dance Band before launching his own career with ‘Simigwa-do’, the 1972 hit that propelled him to West African stardom. As a founding member of the Apagya Show Band and the Complex Soundz, he stretched the boundaries of highlife with electric instruments, funky rhythms and socially charged lyrics in Fante and English.

If he had retired in 1978, Ambolley’s place in the history of Ghanaian music would have been secure. Instead, he dissolved the Complex Soundz and embraced the synthesizer. With a new band, Zantoda Mak III, he recorded The Message, a seven minute funk workout built on a highlife foundation, and decorated with shimmering synths. Recorded in 1980, the song became a hit that would change the direction of Ambolley’s music: over the next decade, electronic instruments played a much larger role in his sonic experiments. The Message receives a long overdue re-release on this 12” along with three other peaks from Ambolley’s eighties output.


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