Gyedu Blay Ambolley - 11th Street SekondiAgogo
Ghanian legend Gyedu Blay Ambolley has been a staple of West Ghana since his début in 1973. The seventy two year old vocalist and saxophonist follows up his acclaimed 2017 release "Ketan" with "11th Street Sekondi", named after the area he grew up in West Ghana. Ambolley has performed alongside legends such as Fela Kuti and Ebo Taylor. The nine track touches social and political topics while blending genres better known within the region as Highlife. "I No Dey Talk I Do Dey Lie" is a slow burning funk with soulful horns and afrobeat rhythms. "Sunkwa" begins with a flurry of horns and a funky guitar groove. Ambolley's vocal style is more like his signature rap style known as Simigwa. Factor in his baritone voice and Tenor sax prowess and you're in for a treat. "11th Street Sekondi" is warm, funky and engaging. Ambolley's career, already filled with accolades is showing no signs of slowing down.
Reg Dancy, 01/20