On Saturday the 11TH of October Afro beat and highlife legend Ebo Taylor brings his infectious and powerful African rhythms to the intimate Rich Mix venue in Bethnal Green, London.
Dubbed by some as “the James Brown of Ghana” Ebo Taylor is more than worthy of this legendary status. Starting out in Ghana in the 1950s, he was influenced by Highlife pioneer E.T. Mensah who mixed West African influences with American big band styles brought to the region during the Second World War. He first made his name as the leader, arranger and frontman of two of the country’s greatest Big-bands, The Stargazers and the Broadway Dance Band. 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. His music combines traditional Ghanaian material with afro-beat, Jazz and funk rhythms to create his own recognizable sound.
Now 78 years-old, Ebo Taylor’s music has become increasingly popular in recent years with a series of Ghanaian compilations on Soundway Records and Analog Africa. Fresh from stand out performances at Worldwide and Dimensions festivals, his multi-talented band have played key events all over the world and picked up awards and acclaim including in 2013, picking up a Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards in the genre Tropical Sound. This is a live show you definitely don’t want to miss out on! For tickets visit http://www.soundcrashmusic.com/
Date: Saturday 11th October 2014
Venue: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
Times: 8pm – 11pm http://www.soundcrashmusic.com/