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Gyedu-Blay Ambolley
Ambolley

Resurgent interest in the music of Gyedu Blay Ambolley spawns another reissue. One spin of 1982’s sophomore LP Ambolley is enough for you to understand why people are suddenly so keen on the Ghanaian artist’s music. This is a set of superbly funky highlife disco/boogie for which Ambolley is a charismatic and beguiling focal point. Original copies of Ambolley are very hard to track down, so nice one to Mr. Bongo for getting this new edition together.
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Simigwa

Mr. Bongo reissue this crucial 1970’s Ghanaian soul record. Gyedu-Blay Ambolley was one of the more significant figures to emerge in West Africa’s post-High-Life explosion. Channelling James Brown through the prism of Afrobeat, jazz and Ghanaian funk-rock, Ambolley’s 1975 LP Simigwa is as righteous as they come. It’s a good job they’ve re-cut this one, too - Simigwa’s rare original copies go for megabucks these days.
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Gyedu-Blay Ambolley
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Analog Africa Dance Edition No. 9)

Ghana’s Gyedu-Blay Ambolley sees some of his choicest morsels reissued in this new four-track compilation on Analog Africa. In the 60’s and 70’s Ambolley had led Afro-funk groups and played alongside Ebo Taylor in The Stargazers, but the subsequent decade saw him becoming increasingly interested in synthesizers. All four of these cuts date from that period. Ambolley and his Zantoda Mak III band maintain the muscular grooves of his previous output while incorporating squelching synth basslines and dinky keyboard leads.