For me, finding a 'new' Yamoah's album is really something special. He was one of the greatest Ghanaian Highlife artists, with a unique sound, of which the high voice of the singer Agyaaku was a crucial element.
P.K. Yamoah died in 2014 at the age of 86, may he rest in peace.
Unfortunately he has left us just a small number of albums, until recent just 5, and this one makes six.
I'll give you Ska Ye De
P.s. The cover makes you wonder at what audience this Decca release was targeted: an African pop-musician would never put a traditional carving on the cover, and would know the difference between Yoruba and Ashanti..
Sunday, January 24, 2016
It has been some time, so to make it up to you a nice long track by a fine band, Bob Fred's Ndokwa Super.
Bob Fred was guitarist with the International Brothers when Rogana Ottah and Franco Lee Ezute were also bandmembers.
His later records were with the Ukwani Brothers and Ndokwa Super.
Haunting percussion, fine guitars, nice vocals and the occasional horn, who could ask for more?
Bob Fred - Nnebune Special-Mejenechi
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Despite the name of the band, this is not traditional music, but highlife. And Islamic Highlife, for that matter, later albums are credited to Alhaji Waziri Oshomah.
Once again a quote from John Beadle:
'Alhaji Waziri Oshomah was born in Osomegbe Ekperi, northern Edo State, Nigeria, and together with his late colleague/rival Bolivia Oshiogbeme is a leading musician of the Etsako people of that region. Edo and Delta States, together with their constituent peoples such as the Edo or Bini, Urhobo, Itsekiri and "western" Igbo, roughly correspond to the former Benin Empire, renowned worldwide for its artwork. While Etsako is related to the more widespread Edo language, the two are not mutually intelligible. There are close to 200,000 Etsako speakers in Nigeria, divided among various dialects. Oshomah's recordings are usually listed as "Ekperi," which is a dialect of Etsako.'
Anyway, enjoy: Egwili Ozagboa II (sorry about the skip)
Monday, May 19, 2014
Let me quote from John Beadle:
'Guitarist Isaac Rogana Ottah, "The Oshio Super King," a prolific artist from Akoku, Ndokwa LGA, Delta State, is one of the better-known Anioma musicians. His musical career began in the early 1970s when he played in the bands of Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe and Rex Lawson. In 1973 he joined fellow Ndokwa native Charles Iwegbue and His Hino Sound Band. Striking out on his own after Iwegbue's tragic death in 1976, Ottah scored a major hit with his first LP, Ukwani Special, in 1977. In quick succession a series of outstanding recordings, notably the "Oshio Super" series, propelled Ottah to the vanguard of the Anioma recording scene. Although his career slowed after the 1980s, he still made a prosperous livelihood as a touring musician into the early years of the 21st century.
I have received reports that Rogana Ottah passed away several years ago but have been unable to confirm them.'
Here is one of his greatest hits, the 'Ukwani Special'
P.s. my motivation to post music has been low, lately. But i understand that there are some people out there that appreciate this music, so this is for you.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
A bit confusing, but there seem to have been several United Brothers Bands in Nigeria. This particular one is led by Amala Dede Okoh. According to the label it is Ika/Bini highlife, Ika being one of the many Delta-languages. Anyway, the title track is excellent, just listen.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
The sixties were an exiting era, certainly in Africa. With the regained independence, everything seemed possible. Big Band Highlife reflects this sentiment best in Ghana, here is another example: The Globemasters Dance Band with the track Ananom Esia