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Listen to a Previously Unreleased Ebo Taylor Track From 1980, 'Make You No Mind'

Ebo Taylor's unheard 1980 album, Palaver, is seeing the light of day after 40 years lost in the vaults.

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 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.

Listen to our premiere of "Make You No Mind" below and pre-order Palaver here, due September 13.


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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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