Various Artists - Essiebons Special 1973-1984 (GF 2LP+Book)
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Various Artists

Essiebons Special 1973-1984 (GF 2LP+Book)

ANALOG AFRICA
Release date: 03/12/21
genre: Afro / Afrobeat
Format: LP
€26.99
tracklist
1. Kofi Psych
2. Dee Mmaa Pe
3. Yeaba
4. Shakabula
5. Tinitini
6. Ahwene Pa Nkasa
7. Ernest Special
8. Africa
9. Medley
10. Say The Truth
11. Wonnim A Bisa
12. Egye Tu Gbe
13. Fa W'akoma Ma Me
14. Odo Mframa
Various Artists - Essiebons Special 1973-1984 (GF 2LP+Book)

description

Dick Essilfie-Bondzie was all ready for his 90th birthday party when the Covid pandemic hit. The legendary producer, businessman and founder of Ghana’s mighty Essiebons label had invited all his family and friends to the event and it was the disappointment at having to postpone that prompted Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb to propose a new compilation celebrating his contributions to the world of West African music.

For most of the 1970s Essilfie-Bondzie’s Dix and Essiebons labels were synonymous with the best in modern highlife, and his roster was a who’s-who of highlife legends. C.K. Mann, Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Kofi Papa Yankson, Ernest Honny, Rob ‘Roy’ Raindorf and Ebo Taylor all released some of their greatest music under the Essiebons banner.

Yet Essilfie-Bondzie had been destined for a very different career. Born in Apam and raised in Accra, he was sent to business school in London at the age of 20, and returned to the security of a government job in Ghana. But his passion for music, inspired by the sounds of Accra’s highlife scene, had never left him, and in 1967 he figured out a way of combining music and business by opening West Africa’s first record pressing plant.

The venture, a partnership with the Philips label, was a huge success, attracting business from all over the continent. By the early 1970s Essilfie-Bondzie had left his government job to concentrate on his labels, and by the mid-seventies he was on a hot streak injecting album after album of restless highlife into the bloodstream of the Ghanaian music scene.

Double LP pressed on 140g virgin vinyl comes with a full color 12-pages booklet

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