Appia Kwa Bridge
double vinyl with download. 'appia kwa bridge' is a strident return from the ghanaian highlife guitar legend. featuring six new compositions, his sound is more dense and tightly locked than ever with berlin-based musicians afrobeat academy, a rock solid unit since regular touring worldwide following his 'love and death' album in 2010, including a string of dates for womad. jochen stroh works his analogue magic once more from his base at berlin's lovelite studios. the album features a new version of highlife anthem, 'yaa amponsah', first recorded during the '20s by jacob sam's sam's trio before becoming a popular standard in ghana, and a cover of an original track from taylor's time with apagya show band during the '70s, 'serwa brakatu', re-titled here as 'kruman dey'. the closer, the acoustic 'barrima', is a poignant tribute to taylor's first wife and one true love who sadly passed away during summer 2011. the album features a number of special guests within the credits including incomparable drummer tony allen, original africa 70 guitarist oghene kologbo and conga maestro addo nettey a.k.a. pax nicholas. representing the younger players, keyboard genius kwame yeboah, son of ghanaian legend s.k. yeboah, makes full use of lovelite's famed collection of farfisa and wurlitzer organs.
- Genre World