4 Songs, 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Layering funky horns and spiky guitar licks inside his formidable Afropop constructions, Ghanaian bandleader/producer Ebo Taylor creates a winning variation on traditional highlife with this mid-’70s hybrid. Opening track “Odofo Nnyi Ekyir Biara” plunges into a deep Fela Kuti-inspired Afrobeat groove, with Taylor’s ragged horn ensemble giving way to rhythm-driven dark funk. But the bandleader also showcases his love for the brighter paths of Ghanaian highlife and American R&B, as on Afro-Cuban detour “Maye Omama” and the soulful title cut, where vocalists Pat Thomas and Lola Everett promise to dry one another’s tears.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Layering funky horns and spiky guitar licks inside his formidable Afropop constructions, Ghanaian bandleader/producer Ebo Taylor creates a winning variation on traditional highlife with this mid-’70s hybrid. Opening track “Odofo Nnyi Ekyir Biara” plunges into a deep Fela Kuti-inspired Afrobeat groove, with Taylor’s ragged horn ensemble giving way to rhythm-driven dark funk. But the bandleader also showcases his love for the brighter paths of Ghanaian highlife and American R&B, as on Afro-Cuban detour “Maye Omama” and the soulful title cut, where vocalists Pat Thomas and Lola Everett promise to dry one another’s tears.

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