Blay Ambolley presents his new album Keta out in May on Agogo Records.
01. Afrika Yie?
02. Ma Play
04. Walk 4 Ground
07. It’s Alright?
08. I Don’t Know Why?
09. I Get Myself To Blame
Blay Ambolley, and his Sekondi Highlife Band (The Creator of Highlife/Afro/ Jazz Dance Music)
The Legendary Gyedu Blay Ambolley from Ghana, West Africa and his Sekondi Band has
29 music albums to his credit. The most recent album “The African Soul “was released in
2015 and still remains a hit for Highlife/Afro/Jazz dance music fans around the world.
Ambolley was born in the city of Sekondi-Takoradi, in the Western Region of Ghana, in
West Africa. The multi-talented, International, Ghanaian Musician celebrated his "Silver
Jubilee" in music in 1998. He taught himself to play the flute as a first instrument in his
early years of musical interest dating back to the age of eight, when he began playing with
his father's flute. The young music enthusiast continued to learn the rudiments of music
from the late' Sammy Lartey and Ebo Taylor. During the sixties, the young aspiring
musician was impressed with the music he heard on the popular radio show, "Voice of
America Jazz Hour." That sixties show featured such jazz giants as Jimmy Smith, Max
Roach, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ella
Fitzgerald and Billie Eckstie... all of whom became part of Ambolley's early musical
This versatile, irrepressible singer, songwriter, producer and "musical- life-force" exploded
on the music scene in 1973 with a jazzy highlife sound called 'SIMIGWA-DO'.
He has toured throughout West Africa, Europe, Canada, and the United States and has
performed on the same stage with some of the world’s most celebrated artistes such as,
Miriam Makeba of South Afrika, the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti of Nigeria, the late George
Howard, Angela Bofill, Norman Connors, Manu Dibango, Lakeside, Chikuzan Takahashi of
Japan, Ricardo Estrada of Cuba, Mayuto Correa of Brazil and toured Ghana with Oscar
Brashear and Michael Session. The celebrated musician has received numerous
prestigious awards, for example a lifetime achievement award and Inducted into the music
hall of fame by Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in California and an
award from the Board of Supervisors and the City Council of the State of California for
bridging the gap between Africa and African American music. He also received a lifetime
achievement award at the Ghana Music Awards in 2013.
Very interesting: in June 2016 the Embassy in Washington DC awarded BLAY
AMBOLLEY for introducing the first ever commercially recorded rap style of music in
1973 and not the Sugar Hill Gang as the Guinness book of record says.
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley has crafted the ability to combine a unique sound and melody with
funny lyrics and dancing to his music as is well documented that "the genre of his music is
entertainingly elevating and spiritually inescapable”, such that its uniqueness transcends
all musical categories. Available from 12.05.2017