Born in the city of Sekondi-Takoradi in the Western Region of Ghana, West Africa, now legendary Gyedu-Blay Ambolley exploded on the music scene in 1973 with a jazzy, funky and soulful Highlife sound called “SIMIGWA-DO.” Today the versatile, irrepressible singer, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and “musical-life-force” has 30 music albums to his credit. He is a great and outspoken performer with a pan-African mind and also a critic of wrongs like corruption, inequality, and neo-colonialism. The albums “The Message”, “Akoka Ba”, “Simigwa Soca” and “Burkina Faso” were reissued on 12” vinyl on Analog Africa in 2019.
His new album “11 Street, Sekondi” (Agogo Records, 2019) is already critically acclaimed and has been chosen by Songlines as Album Of The Month in March. Gyedu-Blay Ambolley and his outstanding Sekondi Band created a huge dance party when they played a sold out concert at ALICE last year. We’re excited to present them again this September.
Said of Gyedu-Blay Ambolley
“There’s more bounce to the ounce with this [11th Street, Sekondi] joyously skittering celebration combining highlife and Afrobeat with uplifting vocal mantras to conjure a delectable Ghanaian groove.” – Songlines
“One thing no one will ever be able to dispute, is Gyedu-Blay Ambolley’s iconic stature in music history.” – Africa Talk