Kiki Gyan was undoubtedly one of Ghana’s finest artistic talent of all time with a metaphysical understanding of sound, harmony and composition that deified him in the 1970s and took him around the world by the age of 18. His music, as a solo musician, writer/composer, arranger and session music and also as part of superstar afro-fusion band Osibisa will forever be the soundtrack to a lot of honeyed moments for most ghanaian families as well as the fans from all over the world who had the chance to see him entrance audiences with their mesmerizing spiritual funk and disco hits.
As a body of work Tash BNM is a totem of Gafacci’s dexterity as a producer and his ear for magnificent sound. However, it’s crowning glory comes from its refreshingly textured approach to a lush yet familiar sonic atmosphere. For the 17-minutes in which you engage the project, you are in a world unlike any other you have ever been in. The music is a trip that transports you to syrupy fields of radiant joy by alloying similar yet unassociated sonic elements. Whilst Gafacci makes sure to tip his hat towards the foundation of his signature Asorkpor aesthetic, he makes sure to ensure its growth by introducing this new layer into the zeitgeist, an interrogation of what low fidelity sound is.
R2Bees pay homage to the sonic legacy that allow them to be daring enough to define their sounds, yet simultaneously lift up the new-age grooves they help shape, like on Boys’ Kasa. Despite being mildly wayward theme-wise, you still get to the soul of the Tema Boys’ sound which seems to be soulful and gritty and everything in between.
Wiyaala’s eponymous debut album was a gust of fresh air that shook up the age old echo chambers in Ghanaian … More
Overall Sabolai Radio 2019 was a much need gust of fresh air in the scene that latches onto sameness in sound. With a diverse and engage set of artist, Accra dot alt was able to remind us of the psychedelic spectrum of sonic energy that float through this country.
Yen Ara represent one of the final iterations on a quest to perfection. By dedicating his life to the music, Ebo Taylor has worked religiously to achieve what could be a near perfect sound. Not only does he achieve this on this album but he also pays homage to Fanti culture and how the communal use of music to lubricate daily chores is the main ingredient in is sonic composition.
For Kae Sun, this record is an expansion of his empathetic outlook on the conditions of a black man through music. It’s a very causal yet highly reflective look at his own experiences within a collective condition of struggle and oppression, joy and love. On Whoever Comes Knocking, with his identity as the center, Kae Sun invites clarity to his perspective by stirring up his sonic influences.
With his sophomore tape, Kyekyeku has created a wholesome sound referencing his influences yet asserting his personality at the same time. You get the nostalgic appeal of golden-age highlife alloyed with the refreshing flavor of the present transporting you to Ghana music paradise!
Going through Anbuley’s Soundcloud page is like stroll though an Afrofuturist garden, where cosmic rhythm an melody are in bloom. The singer’s raspy and rousing vocals lend her a unique layer to the polarizing music she producers. You would not find anyone, anywhere sounding like her
On the album, Wanlov an avid social commentator, flexes his mastery of satire like never before, as he characterises the social condition of Ghana and Africa as a whole