Doose Mam / Gure Yose Me

06/01/2022#1 Ghanaian Frafra Gospel Artist Alogte Oho Returns With More Sounds Of Joy

As families settled in around the tree in many parts of the world, Ghana's "number one Frafra gospel artist" returned with an upbeat and versatile 7" on Max Weissenfeldt's always stellar, Berlin-based Philophon imprint. The joyous release brings us two super and very much upbeat tracks with Alogte Oho leading the way, accompanied by explosive choruses from his powerful female choir of Lizzy Amaliyenga, Patricia Adongo and Florence Adooni (see below), alias his Sounds of Joy. 

Hailing from Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana – home to another bright star on the local circuit being the award-winning Kologo-ologist Guy One – Alogte Oho dropped his international breakthrough full-length release "Mam Yinne Wa" on Philophon back in 2019 and is now readying the highly anticipated follow-up, heralded by these two sonic comets. The effervescent "Doose Mam" on the A-side has a whole lot of soul, championed by a bouncy, repetitive groove and a triumphant horn-led mid-section to swinging effect. "Gure Yose Me" on the flipside make use of what would appear to be a reggae rhythm. As the release notes read, reggae is indeed akin to the Frafra Gospel tradition and we're hearing is "a stepper played by Josie Coppola, Europe's [leading] reggae drummer." Hark! The herald angels sing...

What a way to end 2021, kick off 2022 and bring the spirit with the most joyful of vibes. We personally can't wait for the group's second album. Hats off to Philophon, Alogte Oho and his Sounds of Joy! You can listen to both tracks below and revisit Florence Adooni's own 2021-released single "Mam Pe'ela Su'ure".

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom