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Gyedu Blay Ambolley. Photo courtesy of Multi Culti.

Highlife Meets Rap In This Classic Track From Gyedu-Blay Ambolley

The hiplife precursor track, "Simi Rapp," is being newly reissued by label Multi Culti.

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley has been releasing his entrancing blend of Ghanaian highlife, Afro-funk and hip-hop since the late 1970s.

His inclusion of faster dance rhythms with quick vocal delivery, as heard in classic records like Simigwa, made him one of the main precursors of Ghanaian hiplife—and of hip-hop across the world.

Today we're premiering "Simi Rapp," a 1996 classic from Ambolley that showcases his infectious mix of highlife rhythms with rap. The song is being reissued by label Multi Culti with additional remixes by Red Axes, Johnny Aux, Dreems and Thomas Von Party.

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