Ebo Taylor – Palaver - 1980 Highlife Afrobeat Funk - 180 Grm LP
Ebo Taylor – Palaver
BBE – BBE511ALP, BBE Africa – BBE511ALP
Vinyl, LP, Album
30 Aug 2019
Folk, World, & Country
A1 Palaver 6:12
A2 Make You No Mind 3:54
A3 Abebrese 5:30
B1 Help Africa 6:17
B2 Nyame Dadaw 6:55
Phonographic Copyright (p) – BBE Music
Copyright (c) – BBE Music
Recorded At – Tabansi Studios
Mastered At – The Carvery
Lacquer Cut At – The Carvery
Distributed By – The Orchard
Artwork [Front Cover] – Lemi Ghariokwu
Brass – Arthur Kennedy
Coordinator – Peter Adarkwah
Coordinator, Liner Notes – John Armstrong
Drums – Mat Hammond
Flute – George Amissah
Layout, Design – Jake Holloway
Management – Julia Deimann, Lee Bright
Mastered By, Restoration, Lacquer Cut By – Frank Merritt
Photography By [Master Tape] – Eddie Otchere
Tenor Saxophone – George Abunuah
Written-By, Composed By, Lead Vocals – Ebo Taylor
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Ebo Taylor (born 1936) is a Ghanaian guitarist, composer, bandleader, producer and arranger focusing on highlife and afrobeat music.
Born in 1936, Ebo Taylor has been a vital figure on the Ghanaian music scene for over six decades. In the late '50s he was active in the influential highlife bands the Stargazers and the Broadway Dance Band. In 1962, Taylor took his own group, the Black Star Highlife Band, to London, which led to collaborations with Nigerian afrobeat star Fela Kuti as well as other African musicians in Britain at the time. Returning to Ghana, he worked as a producer, crafting recordings for Pat Thomas, C.K. Mann, and others, as well as exploring his own projects, combining traditional Ghanaian material with afrobeat, jazz, and funk rhythms to create his own recognizable sound in the '70s.
BBE Music unearths ‘Palaver’, a long-lost, previously unreleased 1980 album from Ghanaian guitarist and songwriter Ebo Taylor.
If Fela Kuti was the king of Nigerian Afrobeat, then Ebo Taylor, 83 and still playing hard, is the king of Ghana Funky-Highlife. No doubt whatsoever. Much of Ebo’s beautiful 70s and 80s output has been reissued, as more and more Afro music lovers are being converted to his unique pan-West African sound.
In 1980 while on a club tour of Nigeria with his regular touring band, Ebo bumped into Chief Tabansi of Tabansi Records. They agreed that Taylor would record a one-album session to be released exclusively on Tabansi. Within a few days the deal was signed, the session completed, the tapes signed off, and Ebo and his band went on their way to complete their Nigerian tour.
But for reasons that no-one (including Ebo) can now fully recall, the master tapes got shelved in a dusty backroom in Tabansi’s Onitsha HQ. Where they remained, undisturbed, unreleased, unplayed, for almost forty years.
Last year, Peter Adarkwah of BBE Music signed off on a major multi-album reissue deal with Tabansi and its affiliated labels. ‘What about unissued material, if we find any?’ Joe Tabansi, Chief’s son and current administrator of the label, casually asked.
Yes, replied Peter- but WHAT unissued material?
Upon which, Joe produces these masters. The tapes are rushed to the redoubtable Carvery vinyl remastering and pressing plant in East London, and all at BBE soon realised that they had a masterpiece on their hands. All-new material, all Ebo’s own compositions, all recorded with Ebo’s crème-de-la-crème touring and recording players, including George Amissah. Mat Hammond, George Kennedy and George Abunuah among others.
Here it is, for the first time, anywhere. Ebo Taylor’s Lost Nigeria Sessions.
|Format||LP, Gatefold, 180 Gram|