NEW RELEASE: IDRIS ACKAMOOR & THE PYRAMIDS WITH GUY ONE ON VOCALS

2016 was the year for Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids: their album "We Be All Africans" (produced by Philophon and released on Strut Rec.) vaulted them among the global top acts of the current Spiritual Jazz renaissance. The strengh of the group is its deep connection to Africa: not just that their music is inspired by the spirit of Africa, they actually founded themselves on an extended trip to the Motherland in 1972.

On that trip Idris Ackamoor visited the tiny town Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana to play with local Frafra musicians - an experiance which changed his life. Now, after 45 years, Idris dives once more into the magical music of the Frafra people by teaming up with master musician Guy One, the no. 1 Kologo artist of the vital music scene of Bolgatanga. On "Tinoge Ya Ta'a Ba" Guy One sings about the power of unity - a unity you hear clearly on this Afro-Euro-American cooperation: a driving rhythm, a eulogizing saxophone, a gripping voice and in total a journey into another dimension.

 

 

NOW EVERY LAST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH: PHILOPHON NIGHT AT BURG SCHNABEL/BERLIN

We are happy and proud to announce LEE DODOU playing live on stage together with our house band THE POLYVERSAL SOULS. Lee was born in Kumasi/Ghana, the birthplace of Sikyi-Highlife. He was learning Highlife through his mother milk and played with greats like Yamoah. In the early 80s Lee moved to Berlin where he became the voice of Burger-Highlife as the lead singer of the George Darko Band. That band became a world hit. Now, Lee brings us back to the roots of Highlife and presents a fine selection of classic tunes from the incredible great repertoire of Ghana's music heritage.

 

The Glimmering Ghanaian Gospel of Alogte Oho Jonas

Three years ago, on a dry January day, Max Weissenfeldt was waiting for a bus in Bolgatanga, a huge transport hub in northern Ghana. The former Poets of Rhythm drummer was in the country to record with Guy One, a prominent local musician who plays the kologo—a sort of two-stringed banjo—and sings in a raspy, magnetic voice. Weissenfeldt eventually signed Guy to his Philophon record label, but at the bus station, the German soul musician had another artist on his mind.

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NEW RELEASE

Alogte Oho & His Sounds of Joy - Mam Yinne Wa - out on 11. November

 

Alogte Oho is the number one Frafra gospel artist from within the explosive music scene of Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana. His international debut was the 2014 single "Zota Yinne" (Philophon PH45002), which has already become a collectors item. Alogte Oho is, as always, accompanied by his powerful female choir, the Sounds of Joy, comprised of Lizzy Amaliyenga, Patricia Adongo and Florence Adooni - all fantastic gospel performers in their own rights.

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POLYVERSAL SOULS PREMIERE THE GHANAIAN-SHOT VIDEO FOR ‘ASEMBI ARA AMBA’ ON OKAYAFRICA.COM

This clip was shot in Ghana/Saltpond (hometown of highlife legend Ebo Taylor, whose funkiest 70s and 80s work was put out recently on a Strut anthology). This is the first song Y-Bayani recorded for release. We met him in Saltpond while his friend Roy X (Jimmy Taylor, son of Ebo) played me a demo version of that song which they just recorded together.

GHANA PANORAMA

Ghana Panorama is a movie by Max Weissenfeldt about the music culture in Ghana. Beside portraits about the High-Life legends Ebo Taylor and Ralph Karikari or traditional masterdrummer Mustapha Tettey Addy, the movie gives a deeper insight into the vital role of music in Ghanas daily life. All music we like to dance to has its origine in the rhythm of West-Africa. Watch, listen and enjoy the evidence!