Back in 1980, during a tour in Nigeria, Ghanaian highlife pioneer Ebo Taylor recorded a one-album session to be released by Tabansi Records. But for unknown reasons that no one, including Ebo, seems to recall, the label never did anything with the master tapes from those sessions.
“I wasn’t on a regular basis with Tabansi then,” Ebo mentions. “We just met, Chief [Tabansi] asked me if I was interested in doing a record, so we just did it there and then, struck a deal for just one album.”
Those tapes, which have remained unheard and unreleased for 40 years, are now finally seeing the light of day through the upcoming release of Palaver from BBE Music.
The 5-track release, which features all new material and original Ebo Taylor compositions, is a lost gem and time warp back to the 1980s that captures the legendary Ghanaian artist with his standout backing musicians.
“This was done with my touring band, pretty much the same guys as on the Essiebons records I was making back then,” Ebo Taylor says, “it was George Abunuah on tenor, George Amissah on flute, Arthur Kennedy on brass Mat Hammond on drums, and a couple more guys.”
Today we’re premiering the record’s second track “Make You No Mind,” a tune built on Ebo’s classic highlife guitar, a New Orleans-style trumpet solo and tenor blasts.
A song that has some Nigerian influence in it.