Saturday, December 12, 2009

Ebo Taylor Returns

When the Ghanian guitar great Ebo Taylor recently took a trip from West Africa to Germany to record a new album for Analog Africa in Berlin backed by the members of The Poets Of Rhythm, Kabu Kabu and Afrobeat Academy, he had a brief stopover in Paris where he played his first-ever European concert at La Bellevilloise.

To mark the historic event, deep-digging DJ Loik of the Paris DJs Crew put together the stellar Afrofunk Atomic podcast mix with some super dope vintage Ebo Taylor album tracks and ultra-rare singles sides cut by his pals in Orchestra Poly Rythmo, El Rego Et Ses Commando, Black Santiagos and K. Frimpong. It serves as a brilliant introduction to the modern highlife innovator who initially rose to fame as the six-string slinger with The Stargazers and Broadway Dance Band before going on to a solo career while moonlighting at the Essiebons label as an A&R man and in-house arranger. Check Loik's awesome Afrofunk Atomic mix here.

Afrofunk Atomic 

01. Ebo Taylor - Atwer Abroba
(from 'Twer Nyame' album, 1977 / Philips) GHANA

02. Ebo Taylor Junior and Wuta Wazutu - Mondo Soul Funky 
(from 'Gotta Take It Cool' album, 1978 / Polydor) GHANA

03. Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou - E Wa Dagbee
(from 'E Wa Dagbee' 7 inch, early 70s / Albarika Store) BENIN

04. D'Almeida Blucky Et Les Black Santiago - Les Nanes
(from 'Entente Africaine' 7 inch, 19?? / L.A. Aux Ecoutes) BENIN

05. T.P. Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou Benin and Yehouessi Leopold - Aiha Ni Kpe We
(from 'Volume 4' album, 1978 / Albarika Store) BENIN

06. El Rego Et Ses Commando - Djobime
(from 'Djobime' 7 inch, 19?? / African Songs) BENIN

07. Joe King Kologbo - Another Man's Thing
(from 'Another Man's Thing' 7 inch, 1973 / Decca Afrodisia) NIGERIA

08. K.Frimpong and His Cubano Fiestas - Kyenkyen Adi M'awu
(from 'K.Frimpong and His Cubano Fiestas' album, 1976 / Ofo Bros) GHANA

While we're on the topic of Afrofunk podcasts,  there's a great new mix put together by the aforementioned Analog Africa label for The Wire. But why bother shelling for some overpriced UK magazine when you can download the excellent Analog Africa Selection, Volume 2 for free right here.

Paris DJs
DJ Loik
Analog Africa

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