Following on from 2010’s Love And Death, and last year’s much overdue retrospective, Life Stories, Ebo Taylor arrives with a brand new album of blistering Afrobeat, again utilising the full-bodied and succinct Afrobeat Academy. With legendary drummer Tony Allen and a reactivated Pax Nicholas on congas augmenting the group, opener Ayseama powers along with customary force – as, indeed, do the following couple of tracks, with their tight brass and heavyweight bass.
Yaa Amponsah jumps back in time with a lively acoustic guitar version of a Jacob Sam recording originally cut in the 20s, before the Afrobeat reappears on the slower Assomdwe. All highlife guitar and blustery horn-lines, the title track sees Taylor eulogise his Saltpond hometown’s tiny landmark, where lovers met on the Cape Coast. Closing the album, Barrima is a gentler, touching piece with picked acoustic guitar, the singer paying tribute to his late wife, who passed away during the summer of 2011.