Edikanfo – The Pace Setters (Glitterbeat Records, 2020)

Glitterbeat Records thankfully reissued this essential 1981 Ghanaian music recording in 2020. The Pace Setters is the classic debut album from one of the finest bands in Ghana at the time, Edikanfo. Although the music that was pushed by the major labels and radio at the time was disco, Edikanfo drew large crowds with their Afro-Roots music.

The band played a high energy form of Highlife and Afro-funk with a powerful horn section. British sound designer Brian Eno produced the album in Accra, Ghana.

Led by Gilbert Amartey “Chi-Ki-Chee” on bass, percussion and vocals; Edikanfo included Osei Tutu on trumpet, percussion and vocals; Ishmael Odai “Smith” on piano, synthesizers and vocals; Albert Williams “Bobo” on conga, talking drums and vocals; Paa Akrashie on alto and tenor sax, flugelhorn, percussion and vocals; George Williams on drums and lead vocals; William Quist on percussion, master drum and vocals; and Kwesi Okran on lead guitar and vocals.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel is also co-founder of the Transglobal World Music Chart.

Angel has also produced and remastered world music studio albums and compilations for labels such as Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, and Music of the World.