Ebo Taylor

12/04/2018Listen To The Ghanaian Legend's Latest LP & The Accompanying Chris Read Tribute Mix

Ghanaian legend Ebo Taylor has been in the music business for over 60 years and just released a brand new longplayer entitled "Yen Ara" on the London-based Mr Bongo imprint: "Listen to Yen Ara and you will not only hear the high-energy afrobeat, sweet highlife, jazz and konkoma influences that he’s famous for. There is also a disco pulse and hard-hitting percussive edge to the tracks, which were produced by Justin Adams (Tinariwen, Rachid Taha, Robert Plant)."

The 82-year-old veteran composer, arranger, guitarist and vocalist has played a key role in the steadily evolving afrofunk and highlife scene since the late 1950s, collaborating with the likes of Fela Kuti, the Apagya Show Band, C.K. Mann or Pat Thomas and leading his Ghana Black Star Band as well as the Uhuru Dance Band to deserved acclaim.

Hot on the heels of his newest release, which he himself describes as 'perhaps his finest to date', UK producer and DJ Chris Read (who has a host of ace jazz and hiphop 'Best Of' mixes to his name) was granted the honour of readying a mixtape of Ebo Taylor classics by Mr Bongo in collaboration with OkayAfrica. And the result is beautiful. Listen to the 40-minute mix on Mixcloud (tracklist below) and also be sure to stream "Yen Ara" in full via the SoundCloud player above.

Ebo Taylor will be touring Europe starting in May 2018.

Mr Bongo x OkayAfrica Guest Mix: Ebo Taylor mixed by Chris Read // TRACKLIST
1. Ghetto Concept - Certifed (Instrumental) [Samples Ebo Taylor - Come Along]2. Chris Read - Theme #1 (Scratchapella)
3. My Love and Music
4. Maye Omama
5. Gyae Su Na Nkomo
6. Bra
7. Enye Nyame Niko
8. Will You Promise
9. Aba Yaa
10. Efi Na Matase
11. Ankoma'm
12. Ohye Atar Gyan
13. Come Along
14. No Condition is Permanent
15. Egya Edu
16. Victory
17. Atwer Abroba
18. What Is Life
19. Peace on Earth
20. Mind Your Own Business
21. Mumudey Mumudey
22. Break Through

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom