Ebo Taylor and Jimi Tenor

  • Sunday | 15.05.16
  • 7.00pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • GENERAL: £17.50 AD...

Legendary highlife and afrobeat champion Ebo Taylor, often referred to as the ‘James Brown of Ghana’, became a major figure in Ghanaian highlife during the 1960s and 70s. Stemming from his collaborations with Fela Kuti in London in the early 60s, and after a decade of producing highlife artists in Ghana, Taylor began fusing highlife with afrobeat, jazz, soul and funk in the 70s and 80s to create such tracks as Heaven, which now stands as among the best Ghanaian tracks of all time.

In 2013 Taylor and his Afrobeat Academy, with whom he has been touring with since the release of his first internationally acclaimed album Love and Death in 2010, were awarded the Giles Peterson Worldwide Award and selected to perform at the Womex World Music Conference in Cardiff.

Joining Taylor for this special performance is musician and composer Jimi Tenor, a man who has never settled for the traditional role of a pop artist. He is known as a productive musician whose work lies beyond current trends, and also as a performer who combines the finest elements of afro-american music, spontaneous silliness and shameless glamour in an original way.

His audience consists of clubbers and alternative rock enthusiasts looking for new perspective, but also of jazz and funk rebels. Those who understand that even unconventional pop music can move your body and heart.

“There’s no need for an artist like Taylor to reinvent himself at this stage— (Taylor) gives us exactly what we want and does it exceedingly well.” Pitchfork