The Return Of Ebo Taylor

Ebo Taylor

One of Ghana’s highlife musicians, Ebo Taylor, is back on the music scene with a new album titled ‘Bra’.

Ebo Taylor, a guitarist, composer, arranger and a bandleader, is yet to finish work on his latest album which was recorded and produced by Scratch Studio & Publishing.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Scratch Studio, Kofi Amoakohene, told BEATWAVES in a chat that Ebo Taylor, who celebrated his 80th birthday at +233 Jazz Bar & Grill recently, has strived hard to reach the final stage of the album “and very soon two singles will be released ahead of the main album launch.”

Born in 1936, Ebo Taylor has been a vital figure on the Ghanaian music scene for over six decades.

In the late ’50s, he was active in the influential highlife bands, the Stargazers and the Broadway Dance Band, and in 1962 he took his own group, the Black Star Highlife Band to London, which led to collaborations with Fela Kuti and other African musicians in Britain at the time.

Returning to Ghana, he worked as a producer, crafting recordings for Pat Thomas, C.K. Mann and others, as well as exploring his own projects, combining traditional Ghanaian material with Afro-beat, jazz and funk rhythms to create his own recognisable sound in the ’70s.

“Taylor’s work became popular internationally with hip-hop producers in the 21st century, which led to the release of ‘Love & Death’ on Strut Records in 2010, his first internationally distributed album.

By George Clifford Owusu