Ebo Taylor, the septuagenarian highlife and Afrobeat musician is known as the ‘James Brown of Ghana’. After collaborating with Fela Kuti in the early ’60s, Taylor become a major figure in the Ghanaian music scene, producing a number of highlife artists in his homeland. Ebo Taylor has been a vital figure on the Ghanaian music scene for over six decades.
In the late ’50s he was active in the influential highlife bands the Stargazers and the Broadway Dance Band, and in 1962 he took his own group, the Black Star Highlife Band, to London, which led to collaborations with Fela Kuti and other African musicians in Britain at the time.
Returning to Ghana, he worked as a producer, crafting recordings for Pat Thomas, C.K. Mann, and others, as well as exploring his own projects, combining traditional Ghanaian material with Afro-beat, jazz, and funk rhythms to create his own recognizable sound in the ’70s.
He then took a 30-year break from the business, returning in 2010 with the album Love and Death, followed two years later by Appia Kwa Bridge.
Ebo Taylor never relives the past and he continues to pursue new musical adventures as he plays with young musicians that have created a superb band behind the legend that is Ebo Taylor.
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