Edikanfo – The Pace Setters - Brian Eno 1981 Afrobeat - Original Canada Issue LP
Edikanfo – The Pace Setters
Editions EG – EGED 112, Polygram – EGED 112
Vinyl, LP, Album
Record is VG++ has light wear (listen to our copy)
Cover is VG+ has light corner wear in right top and bottom corners and the spine is damaged 3 inches (see our copy)
Jazz, Funk / Soul, Folk, World, & Country
A1 Nka Bom 6:14
Composed By – Gilbert Amartey
A2 Something Lefeh-O 4:40
Composed By – George Williams
A3 Gbenta 5:48
Composed By – Paa Akrashie
B1 Blinking Eyes 4:43
Composed By – Ishmael Odai
B2 Moonlight Africa 5:30
Composed By – Osei Tutu
B3 Daa Daa Edikanfo 5:10
Composed By – Osei Tutu
Mastered At – Disques SNB Ltée.
Manufactured By – PolyGram Inc.
Distributed By – PolyGram Distribution Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – EG Music, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – E.G. Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Faisal Helwani Productions Ltd.
Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flugelhorn, Percussion, Vocals – Paa Akrashie
Arranged By – Edikanfo Super Band
Bass, Percussion, Vocals – Gilbert Amartey
Congas, Talking Drum, Vocals – Albert Williams
Design [Cover] – George Afriyie-Siaw
Drums, Lead Vocals – George Williams
Engineer [Assistant] – Sami Helwani
Engineer [Recording, Mix] – Jacob Serdro
Executive-Producer, Arranged By – Faisal Helwani
Lead Guitar, Vocals – Kwesi Okran
Percussion, Drums [Master], Vocals – William Quist
Piano, Synthesizer, Ensemble [String], Vocals – Ishmael Odai
Producer, Engineer [Recording, Mix] – Brian Eno
Trumpet, Percussion, Vocals – Osei Tutu
Recorded At Studio One, Napoleon Club, Osu, Accra, Ghana.
Cover Design: George Afriyie-Siaw, UST, Kumasi
℗ 1981 EG Music, Inc. (labels)
℗ 1981 E.G. Records, Inc. (back cover)
© 1981 Faisal Helwani Productions Ltd. for E.G. Records, Inc. (back cover)
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout (Side 1 Runout Etched): EGED 112 A-2 3 SNB Q
Matrix / Runout (Side 2 Runout Etched): EGED- 112- 13 SNB SL
The inside gatefold of this album touts Edikanfo as "African Super Band". Combine that with a production credit to Brian Eno and hip Mingus/Dolphy-esque abstract art on the inside and there was no way I was passing this up. The Eno credit was surely to help sell albums in the US as the executive producer, Faisal Hewlani, is a giant of Ghanaian music with album credits stretching back to the 1960s. The band just sounds too tight for this to have been given serious "production" from a British minimalist/ambient musician... but what do I know. I just wouldn't be surprised if this collaboration was more to benefit Eno's musical experience and Edikanfo's distribution. Whatever the case, this record is really slamming, and frustratingly the only record by the band to make it to the West. Recorded at an equally famous Studio One based in Accra, Ghana, and located in a defunct nightclub called "The Napoleon Club", where many of Ghana's top highlife and afro-pop bands cut records through the 70s and early 80s. The recording has the quality of being just a couple pre-synth-takeover in afro-pop. There is definite use, but not over-use of strange keyboard sounds.
The disc starts us off with a track written by the bass player, Gilbert Amartey, titled "Nka Bom"and has a real nice afro-disco feel to it. There's something distinctly 80s sounding about this track but I can't place my finger on what it is. The keyboarist Ishamael Odai really really surprised me with his very western/soul-styled playing on this track. It's extremely understated (surrounded by pounding drums and disco hi-hats) and almost "gentle" but is extremely sophisticated.
. Last on the A-side is "Gbenta", the most solid cut on the album. Written by the sax player Paa Akrashie, it has a nice quick 6/8 feel with funky keys and bass. Minimal vocals accompany the tune leaving most of the rhythm to be traversed by horns and soloists.
The flip side gets us started with "Blinking Eye", a poppy disco-beat kind of track with all kinds of crazy little synth "pings" and lines. Again, the keyboardist Odai stands out taking a tasteful solo on the Rhodes (or a synth that sounds like a Rhodes as there's no Rhodes credit). "Moonlight Africa" takes us into funky-highlife territory. ll has that infectious driving beat. Rounding out the album is "Daa Daa Edikanfo", a catchy tune written by trumpeter Osei Tutu. The use of some kind of snyth drum (or a live drum with some strange fx on it) is pretty funky