Friday, June 2

Afrobeat Airways 2: Return Flight to Ghana 1974-1983

"In his introductory essay to Afrobeat Airways 2: Return Flight to Ghana 1974-1983, Afropop Worldwide editor Banning Eyre interviews some of the compilation’s featured artists, including the legendary Ghanaian guitarist and bandleader Ebo Taylor. ... Hearing James Brown in the late 60s, Taylor adds, reminded a generation of Ghanaian musicians that lamentation was just as potent as exultation. That dichotomy of major and minor, happy and sad, haunts Return Flight. Overwhelmingly the tracks are lambent and melancholy, sunsets made sonic. Still, they teem. Swarms of organ notes and stinging guitar licks turn the African Brothers’ 'Wope Me A Ka' — one of the most irrepressible tracks on the 13-song collection—into a connect-the-dots funk-puzzle whose final form only begins to coalesce after a shuffling, skeletal break. ..."
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