Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Yamoah's Band

Although his ouvre is small, for me P.K. Yamoah is one of the greatest highlife musicians ever. His musical career started in 1954, and lasted until the mid seventies. Last year, he must be about 75, he was rewarded the Musical Merit Award in Ghana. Luckily some of his work is available on 4 cd's, but i prefer the lp versions. Some tracks on the cd's sound too fast, and are indeed shorter than on the lp's i have.
Anyway, the cd's are still a must have for anyone interested in Ghanaian highlife.
Yamoah's music has a unique sound and rhythm, a loose 'swing' and feeling that is never even imitated.
Listen to Onantefo and you know what i mean. A real classic.

Yamoah's Band - Onantefo


icastico said...

Indeed one of the greats.
Always good to hear one of your posts.

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Anonymous said...

Thrilling! One of my alltime favourite songs! Love It!

Buns O'Plenty said...

very cool, thanks!

Tone said...

wow. post some more yamoah! i have the sk aberbrese 45 and you're right - it's totally too fast on the high-life collection cd. his early stuff is so hard to find on vinyl! wow

Anonymous said...

Do you or does anyone else know where I can find a translation of Yamoah's lyrics, especially to Saa Na Odo Te/Otan Gu Ahorow?? Thanks!

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