Gyedu-Blay Ambolley & His Sekondi Band with special guest Peter Somuah
- Sunday 28 May 18:00 - 18:50 (NIKKO)
- Sunday 28 May 20:50 - 21:10 (ALL EARS AREA)
Ghanaian legend dazzles with funky, jazzy highlife music
Few people can justifiably claim to have created a new style of music. But the Ghanaian singer and saxophonist Gyeda Blay Ambolley is one of those who can. A veteran in the band of the legendary Ebo Taylor, Blay Ambolley came up in the 1970s with a totally new take on the highlife music, which he called simigwa-do. Unsurprisingly, he achieved immediate success with it. His music swings like no other, and the ingenious fusion of influences from funk and jazz gives the group sound its catchy character. But that’s not all. Blay Ambolley writes melodies that lift everybody out of the doldrums, and his rocking rhythms make even the stiffest hips start to shake. And then there’s that deep, deep, dusky voice that made people call him the James Brown of Ghana. Given the way he transforms ‘A Love Supreme’, John Coltrane’s classic, he’s sure to get the whole crowd on their feet at Music Meeting with his funky, jazzy version of highlife. Joining him as special guest is the Ghanaian trumpetist Peter Soumah, who lives and works in the Netherlands and is one of the biggest jazz talents around.