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11 Jun 2016

Vis-A-Vis “Obi Agye Me Dofo” Ghana 1977 Afrobeat,Afro funk

Vis-A-Vis “Obi Agye Me Dofo” Ghana, 1977 Afrobeat,Afro funk…classic reccomended..!

full album……..

The hard touring West African stalwarts Vis-A-Vis helped propel K. Frimpong to fame as one of Ghana’s most popular stars of the 1970s. On Frimpong’s records they were usually known as the Cubano Fiestas, but Vis-A-Vis recorded a number of albums under their own name. Led by vocalist Isaac “Superstar” Yeboah and featuring top players like Sammy Cropper on guitar, Slim Manu on bass and Gybson “Shaolin Kung-Fu” Papra on drums, Vis-A-Vis were both a popular live act and in-demand studio musicians, becoming the de facto house band at Ghanaian independent label Ofo Brothers Records.

Continental Records is proud to announce the release of the group’s rare and essential 1977 LP Obi Agye Me Dofo. Briefly issued as an LP in the US in 1980, this is the first proper vinyl reissue of the album in its original Ghanaian form. The title track is very much in the mold of Frimpong’s big hits and the eight minute Kankyema shows how Vis-A-Vis could lock into a propelling funk groove with Superstar Yeboah’s soulful vocals riding on top. The three tracks on side 2 show Vis-A-Vis as masters of a spiraling, hypnotic Highlife.

Original copies of this LP are scarce and in great demand. Along with the Frimpong albums it is one of the most sought after West African records from the golden age. This reissue has been handled with the utmost respect — every detail has been given strict attention and care. The remastered LP has never sounded more direct, vibrant and timeless. Each LP comes with a free HQ MP3 download of the entire album and is packaged in a resealable dust bag.

A classic Afrofunk album from 1977. This copy is a 1980 reissue with the first two tracks on side two different from the original release, apparently. The opening title track is a brilliant extended piece of Ghanaian funkiness that I have on the Ghana Special- Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968-81 compilation. A real catchy number with plenty of great brass melody’s and soloing and a real groovy rhythm. “Kankyema Ntoaso Ne Awadee” stays in the same groovyness with a wonderful guitar break and again some cool jazzy sax work. “Me Mere Beba” is the first of the replacement tracks and is a tad more traditional sounding than the first two numbers but still an uptempo piece with another nice sax break. The next track is another goodie, keeping the quality of this album high, a short uptempo little afropop number and is followed by the most wonderful closing track which rhythmically is similar to the previous track but has vocals that I enjoy very much and has been etched into my subconscious from another compilation or mix I Have. ….

Secret Stash are building an impress catalog of classic West African reissues. Not funk this time (beyond the title track), but old school Ghanaian highlife music from 1977. It’s really well done, but there is an irritating wanky synthesizer on here, on the first track, which kind of spoils it when he solos, otherwise great singing, fine guitar, sax and percussion. Mercifully after the first track the keyboardist mainly plays organ. The B-side, tracks 3, 4, & 5, are one long hypnotic groove. This was K. Frimpong’s band and were originally known as the Cubano Fiestas when they backed him, featuring in their ranks Isaac Yeboah on vocals, Sammy Cropper on guitar, Slim Manu on bass and Gybson Papra (a.k.a. “Kung-fu Kwaku”) on drums. Hornsmen were Arthur Kennedy or George Amissah who guested on dates. Their sound will be familiar even if you have never heard of them because they were the backing band on so many studio dates for Ofo Brothers Records. They released over a dozen albums in the 70s, some even on the Brooklyn-based Makossa label. Secret Stash are offering a bonus reggae 45 rpm by the band to the first so many orderers and also a free download from the album for a limited time, through their website. In addition to all that there is a 200 copy vinyl release. The sound has been “stabilized” & lovingly remastered. …..

A1 Obi Agye Me Dofo 9:47 
A2 Kankyema 7:45 
B1 Gyae Su 3:56 
B2 Gladys Mmbobor 2:55 
B3 Susan Suo 4:19

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