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Friday 7 October 2022

The Sounds Of Sekondi

Some fine funky tunes from Ghana for you to see out the week, courtesy of a proud son of the twin cities of Sekondi-Takoradi - the great Gyedu-Blay Ambolley.

Both of today's selections come from an album on the Essiebons label titled "The Simigwahene", which is a reissue of his 1975 album "Simigwa" with some bonus tracks. Slightly confusingly, one of the bonus tracks is "The Simigwa" which wasn't on the original album of the same name. I don't know why.

Mr Ambolley is still going strong and has a brand new album coming out today. It is called "Gyedu​-​Blay Ambolley and Hi​-​Life Jazz" and you can pick it up from his Bandcamp site. 

"The Simigwa" - Gyedu-Blay Ambolley

"The Hustling World" - Gyedu-Blay Ambolley

Here's the Great Man live back in 2019, sounding as gravelly and groovy as ever.   


  1. After watching the video Gyedu-Blay Ambolley. would be a must-see if he came to the nearby world music festival

    1. It is possible, he is still touring. He has three gigs in the Netherlands and one in Paris. None scheduled in the UK unfortunately.