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World - Released July 17, 2020 | Mr Bongo

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Africa - Released November 8, 2019 | Mr Bongo

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Africa - Released November 1, 2019 | Mr Bongo

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Africa - Released October 11, 2019 | Mr Bongo

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Africa - Released September 20, 2019 | Mr Bongo

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Charismatic singer and saxophonist Gyedu-Blay Ambolley is the missing link in the musical evolution of his native Ghana, linking the highlife of the 50s and 60s with contemporary afrobeat. Control is a reissue of a 1980 album which saw a combination of the brassy swing of the highlife orchestras, the pan-African funk of afrobeat, the relaxing nonchalance of reggae as well as the frivolity of disco, influences we would not be surprised to find elements of on a Wizkid or Fuse ODG record. A veritable tour de force, the Zantoda Mark III group masterfully touches on all these aesthetics, all while ensuring total control of the dancefloor. An accomplished reggaeman (Woye Afofo), charming crooner (Don’t Go) or convincing prophet (The Message), Gyedu-Blay Ambolley rouses his troops and wins every battle. Forty years after its release, Control can’t cheat the dated electronic effects, which could make you smile somewhat, but the level of musical density and richness hasn’t aged a bit. © Benjamin MiNiMuM/Qobuz
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Africa - Released June 14, 2019 | Mr Bongo

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Bossa Nova & Brazil - Released May 31, 2019 | Mr Bongo

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Africa - Released May 17, 2019 | Mr Bongo

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Bossa Nova & Brazil - Released February 8, 2019 | Mr Bongo

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Africa - Released February 8, 2019 | Mr Bongo

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Bossa Nova & Brazil - Released October 26, 2018 | Mr Bongo

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Africa - Released September 28, 2018 | Mr Bongo

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Africa - Released September 28, 2018 | Mr Bongo

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Africa - Released August 31, 2018 | Mr Bongo

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Africa - Released July 27, 2018 | Mr Bongo

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Africa - Released July 20, 2018 | Mr Bongo

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World - Released April 6, 2018 | Mr Bongo

At more than 80 years of age, Ghana's Ebo Taylor, pioneer of highlife and afrobeat, still performs like a dream. Since his public, international resurrection in the late 2000s, the now-legendary Ghanaian, at the head of his Saltpond City Band, an orchestra of dazzling brass and irresistible grooves, has released this compilation, Yen Ara (Us), to prove that musical vivacity has nothing to do with age. Englishman Justin Adams (Robert Plant, Tinariwen, JuJu…), more used to groups where guitars dominate, has done a dynamic production job, where every instrument – brass, organ, percussion, bass guitar and MC's voice – is allowed to shine, while fitting neatly into the overall puzzle. Aromas of jazz, funk, afrobeat and disco flow together and push us inexorably towards good cheer and the dancefloor. © Benjamin MiNiMuM/Qobuz
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Africa - Released March 23, 2018 | Mr Bongo

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Africa - Released November 24, 2017 | Mr Bongo

This re-release of a vinyl record from the '60s bears witness to the origins of the Ghanaian multi-instrumentalist Ebo Taylor, as a singer. It was he who would go on to build the bridge between his country's Highlife and the Afrobeat of his Nigerian friend Fela Kuti; and here he has distilled some joyously funky music, with a light touch of jazz, which is typical of what would become contemporary African music. The Pelikans, who take their name from an Accra nightclub, are a group of twelve veteran musicians, directed by the legendary Highlife musician Bessa Simmons. Here, Ebo Taylor sings in English or in Fanti, sometimes playing keyboards, as on the now-classic Come Along. This piece already appears on a compilation on the origins of Afrobeat, and was notably sampled by the New York rapper Sadat X. These seven pieces, lovingly restored, will re-immerse the listener into a key period in the history of African music. © BM/Qobuz