The 74-year old Ebo Taylor is in grand form on Love & Death,
with more than solid backing from The Afrobeat Academy,
consisting of members from The Poets Of Rhythm, Kabu Kabu and
Marijata, a band that played in Ghana around the same time as
Taylor. This is beautiful, uplifting stuff packed with smoking
grooves, and shows that he hasn't lost the spark at all.
Man, if I am half this funky going into my seventies they better
hammer some extra nails in my coffin, or else I am going to shake
my bony ass until the nails shoot through the grass!
Ebo was a productive composer, producer and guitarist in the
seventies and a major musical force in Ghana. He studied music
in London at the same time as Fela, and the four opening tracks
is afrobeat of the fattest order. With "African Woman", in
particular, sounding like a homage to Fela Kuti.
Strut have just released "Life Stories - Highlife and Afrobeat
Classics 1973 - 1980", a kick-ass reissue, highlighting his
solo albums and collaborations with other musicians.