Ebo Taylor Appia Kwa Bridge on 2LP + Download Card
“I wanted to go back to a highlife feeling with this album,” explains Ebo Taylor
. “The songs are very personal and it is an important part of my music to keep alive many traditional Fante songs, war chants and children’s rhymes.” 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 covers a variety of themes dear to Taylor. The title track references a small bridge in Ebo’s hometown of Saltpond on the Cape Coast: “it is a tiny bridge but a place known in the town where people meet, where lovers get together.” The firing, rousing "Ayesama," first demoed during the Love And Death
sessions, is a Fante war cry, a taunt, “what’s your mother’s name?”; "Nsu Na Kwan," based on a Fante proverb, asks “Which is older, the river or the old road” with the sub-text to respect your elders; and the brilliant "Abonsam" carries the message that Abonsam (The Devil) is responsible for evil in the world and that we should follow the Christian message.
Elsewhere, the album features a new version of highlife anthem, "Yaa Amponsah," first recorded during the ‘20s by 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 the Summer of 2011. “Ebo wrote the song following her passing and recorded this in one take during our last day in the studio,” reflects bandleader Ben Abarbanel-Wolff. “He was very emotional.” Deluxe 2LP gatefold packaging with download card.
Ebo Taylor Appia Kwa Bridge Track Listing:
3. Nsu Na Kwan
4. Yaa Amponsah
1. Assom Dwee
2. Kruman Dey
3. Appia Kwa Bridge