Gyedu-Blay Ambolley

Analog Africa Limited Dance Edition No. 09

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HEAVY Afro-funk 12'' by the Ghanaian bandleader.. All tracks are winners.. incl a alternate funk version of ''Akoko Ba'' and ''The Message'', where he plays together with Zantoda MK3.. And then there is ''Burkina Faso''.. BIG TIP!! . Prepare yourself for new directions in Afro-funk. During the 1980s, ghanaian bandleader 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. The futuristic funk of ‘Akoko Ba’ strips down the rhythm, raises the intensity of the vocals, and adds a dose of serpentine saxophone. On the B-side, ‘Simigwa Soca’ sets classic highlife horns against an unshakable bass groove, while the incredible ‘Burkina Faso’ is Ghana’s great lost electro-funk gem, a sleek construction of robotic bass, call-and-response vocals, and fat stabs of slippery synth.

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04.08.2018

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Martin Georgi

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Afro Disco
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AmbolleyMr Bongo
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Afro Music
LP
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AmbolleyMr Bongo
Afro Beat
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SimigwaMr. Bongo
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Afro Music
LP
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SimigwaMr. Bongo
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SimigwaAcademy
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SimigwaAcademy
Afro Beat
CD
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SimigwaAcademy
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CD
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SimigwaAcademy
Afro Beat
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Voz Di Sanicolau
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Fundo De Mare PalinhaAnalog Africa
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Voz Di Sanicolau
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Fundo De Mare PalinhaAnalog Africa
Cumbia
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Ranil
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Ranil Y Su ConjuntoAnalog Africa
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Latin America
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Ranil
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Ranil Y Su ConjuntoAnalog Africa
Afro-Cuban
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Space Echo (2LP Gatefold)Analog Africa
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Space Echo (2LP Gatefold)Analog Africa
Afro Beat
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2-LP
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Mogadisco - Dancing In Mogadishu (Somalia '72-91)Analog Africa
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2-LP
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Afro Disco
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Mogadisco: Dancing Mogadishu: Somalia 1972-1991Analog Africa
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Afro Music
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Brazil
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House Re Edits
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12"
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Edito Amore 03Edito Amore
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House
12"
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Edito Amore 03Edito Amore
US House
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Omar S
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BootedBerlin
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House
12"
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Omar S
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Re Edit (Disco)
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Belpaese
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Belpaese 07Belpaese Edits
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Disco
12"
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Belpaese
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Belpaese 07Belpaese Edits
House
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12"
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Dar Disku Edits Vol 1Dar Disku
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House
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Dar Disku Edits Vol 1Dar Disku
House Re Edits
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12"
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Repsies 003Repsies
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House
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Repsies 003Repsies
Re Edit (Disco)
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Scruscru
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Fuji EditzSB Editz
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Disco
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