Debut album from killer cool Ghanain mega-star in the making. Killer afro-funk from 1975, hugely sought after and rarely found…………….
Reissue of this great and rare Ghanese album from 1975. limited one-off pressing of 1500 copies. Tip!
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley unleashed his unique brand of “Simigwa” music on an eager yet unsuspecting world in 1975 with the release of this, his debut album. Suffused with his larger-than-life personality, this LP ia an absolutely irresistable manifesto of his heavy Afro-Funk Simigwa philosophy.
Long sought after by collectors, Academy LP’s and Voodoo Funk have teamed up once again to revive this incredible record from the vibrant musical scene of 70’s West Africa. mastered from the original master tapes and featuring the rather remarkable original sleeve, this is an ultra high-quality reissue that continues the reputation Acadamy has built up with its previous releases!……
I think the Beatles were a fine band, but there is something wrong with a world in which Abbey Road can be bought in thirty different editions while Simigwa is so completely unobtainable that copies exchange hands for upward of £400. Virtually perfect Ghanaian highlife - funk, really, or sometimes soul jazz or… well, who cares - thrusting as hard as James Brown ever did, but with a looseness and openness that lifts it even higher….by…stilton ……….
Until slow sleazy ‘Toffie’ drips along, this might as well be a Geraldo Pino impersonation, not so bad all in all but just a little nondescript; then that droopy Jamerson-esque bass sparks a groove those backing vocalists willingly let coil around themselves, and the dirty deed is done. Trouble is when Highlife gets going, it tends to push every emotion into one channel, so peering woodwinds, game show organ and sophisticated percussion get real damn pushy like dogs fighting over the same bone. Ambolley is more orator than singer per se, demanding call and response loyalties from guys who’s sweat can be heard creeping down their collars by the time second stone cold killer cut 'Fa No Dem Ara’ appears, this time the energies contained to create a tension that serves the greater good.,,,by….KildareJohn……………..
A sizzling slice of Ghanian music that effortlessly blends highlife with lashings of James Brown style funk. This is capped off by the highly charismatic vocal stylings of the star Gyedu-Blay Ambolley himself. Followers of the recent Soundway and Analog Africa works highlighting Ghana’s rich music scene will have heard snippets of this work already. This record although brief, at 30 minutes it’s almost an EP rather than LP, is quality from start to finnish. The production is really crisp too and it is one of the better recorded African LP’s from this era. There is also that cover too which should be enough for anyone to buy the record!….by…..bruklover…….
This record doesn’t need much of an introduction. Gyedu-Blay Ambolley’s debut record is one of the most iconic albums of the entire Ghanaian discography and also boasts one of the coolest cover designs I have ever seen. If you want to get into Ghana Funk, there’s simply no way around this record. Well, this one and of course the mighty This Is Marijata.
Simigwa was a relative big seller back in 1975 but you would be surprised how hard it is to track down a playable copy in today’s Ghana. People played the daylights out of this album. Put it on and you’ll understand immediately. This record is an instant party: Just add a few friends and some libations and good times will ensue. It’s a law of nature. At the end of side 2 you’ll just flip it over without even thinking about it. If you don’t want to have to worry about wearing out your only copy, be wise and order two. This baby is limited to 1.500 copies so be quick. Get them from the source: LP/CD. The CD comes with a 12" poster with the original cover design because we know you can’t wait to show this off on your wall.
The album was mastered from the original master tapes and licensed from Essiebons Records. More often than not, the studio tapes were overdubbed or destroyed but in this case you get the highest possible fidelity for your maximum enjoyment………….
Afro-boogie-jazz na área! “Simigwa” (Essiebons, 1975) é o epicentro da psicodelia afro-jazística concebida na efervescente Gana em meados dos anos 70. Produzido pelo mitológico Ebo Taylor e composto e arranjado pelo próprio Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, o disco é hoje cultuado por colecionadores e celebrado em pistas de dança malandreadas ao redor do globo terrestre. Espere por muita percussão, tecladinhos Hammond em brasa e aquela vibe africana capaz de fazer sua tia-avó querer saber do que se trata. Saiba mais sobre o repress deste clássico aqui, e corra atrás da sua bolacha. No bom sentido, obviemant…..
Leave it to the good dudes at Voodoo Funk and Academy Records to dig up something as rare as Gyedu-Blay Ambolley’s Simigwa and hook you up with an official reissue, remastered from the original tapes. Originally released in 1975 on the Ghanian Essiebons label (pretty much impossible to find in the field), Simigwa contains scorching afrobeat grooves filled with raw vocals, fuzzy Hammond, hot horns, and crazy percussion to work the dancefloor. Check “This Hustling World,” “Akoko Ba,” “Fa No Dem Ara,” and “Toffie” for a taste of what we’re working with. Produced by Gyedu-Blay Ambolley and Ghanian music legend Ebo Taylor. 6 tracks in all with full pic sleeve reproduction. Limited to 1500 copies!……………
A1 Kwaakwaa 5:19
A2 Akoko Ba 5:23
A3 This Hustling World 4:14
B1 Toffie 6:49
B2 Adwoa 4:08
B3 Fa No Dem Ara 4:33