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You Need This Mixtape Of Ebo Taylor's Afrobeat & Highlife In Your Life

The legendary Ghanaian highlife and afrobeat musician gets a mix from Chris Read.

Ghanaian music legend Ebo Taylor has just released his latest record, Yen Araan album that he's calling his finest to date.

The 81-year-old veteran has been a key figure in the evolving afrobeat and highlife sound since his arrival in the late 1950s, when he played with his group the Black Star Highlife Band and collaborated with the likes of Fela Kuti.

He later went on to lead the Ghana Black Star Band and the Uhuru Dance Band back in Ghana, and also worked with groups like Apagya Show Band, CK Mann and Pat Thomas in the '70s.

Now, to pair with the release of Yen Ara on Mr Bongo, UK producer and DJ Chris Read has put together an incredible mix of Ebo Taylor classics that we're premiering here.

"I was thrilled when I was asked to put together this mix of material from the wonderful Ebo Taylor in support of his new album," Read mentions.

"Like most music from his generation, my first point of discovery was through samples, so this mix includes tracks like 'Come Along' (as sampled by Ghetto Concept, whose track 'Certified' I also included) alongside a selection of favourite cuts from his back catalogue. A couple of years back I had the pleasure of DJing in support of one Ebo's live shows in London—it was an education in Afrobeat and Highlife, and I can only hope that I might have the same energy and enthusiasm for music that his live performances and his new album exhibit after 8 decades."

Yen Ara, which is available now, features nine tracks that push Ebo Taylo's energetic highlife and afrobeat into modern times with the aid of pulsating beats and hard-hitting percussion.

Listen to Chris Read's mixtape and check out the track list below. It'll make your week—or even your year.

TRACKLIST

1. Ghetto Concept - Certifed (Instrumental) [Samples Ebo Taylor - Come Along]

2. Chris Read - Theme #1 (Scratchapella)

3. My Love and Music

4. Maye Omama

5. Gyae Su Na Nkomo

6. Bra

7. Enye Nyame Niko

8. Will You Promise

9, Aba Yaa

10. Efi Na Matase

11. Ankoma'm

12. Ohye Atar Gyan

13. Come Along

14. No Condition is Permanent

15. Egya Edu

16. Victory

17. Atwer Abroba

18. What Is Life

19. Peace on Earth

20. Mind Your Own Business

21. Mumudey Mumudey

22. Break Through

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The veteran highlife musician was 83.

Charles Kofi Amankwaa Mann, a highlife veteran, affectionately known as C.K. Mann passed away on Tuesday morning due to an undisclosed medical complication, he was 83 years old.

The celebrated musician had a career spanning over four decades. He began his career as part of Moses Kweku Oppong's Kakaiku band, before becoming the leader of the highlife group Ocean Strings.

From there, the artist joined The Carousel 7, releasing his breakout single "Edina Benya" in 1969.

The musician would go on to produce several memorable hits throughout his career that fused contemporary instrumentation with Osode the "the traditional of Ghanaian fishermen rhythms," reports Ghana Web. Some of his most popular cuts include "Asafo Beeson," " Adwoa Yankey," and "Fa Wokoma Mame," amongst others.

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Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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