Meet Me There Records – MMTR001, 5050580772496
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Introducing the ‘Saltpond City Band’. A buoyant 8-piece outfit hailing from Ghana, blending soulful highlife and percussive funk in their new album ‘Boko A Ko’, forthcoming on Meet Me There Records.
The Saltpond City Band was initially formed by the legendary Ghanaian highlife musician Ebo Taylor and is now led by his son, keyboardist and lead vocalist, Henry Taylor.
The album ‘Boko A Ko’ is a blend of highlife, funk and afrobeat, woven into a refreshing take on traditional Ghanaian highlife. With the core of the band set deep in the highlife experience, Taylor and company deliver a combination of driving horns, fluid percussion and earthy vocals. The album features Ebo Taylor himself on ‘Mennbo Wobi’, which also showcases Ghanaian flute extraordinaire Dela Botri adding fine elements of melodic escape.
The forthcoming album is set to be released on the brand new label ‘Meet Me There Records’ (MMTR). MMTR is a community-based project aiming to put the artist first. With profits split 50:50 between artist and label, 25% of the label profits will go directly towards the building of a recording studio in the local community of Dzita in West Ghana, Wornana Studios, which will become one of the first accessible recording studios in the Volta region.
‘Boko A Ko’ is already receiving Radio plays on BBC 6 Music, Craig Charles & Huey Morgan. Plus praise from highly acclaimed artists and DJ’s, but is also an example of what else is to come from MMTR and is paving the way for new and unexplored talent that is coming out of the Ghanaian and West African music scene.
“Wonderful new music from Ghana in true highlife tradition and beyond. Some real beautiful moments to be found on this album.”
Antal, Rush Hour — DJ / Producer / Rush Hour Co-Founder
“Its having it, it’s double groovy!”
Craig Charles — BBC 6 Music DJ
“Absolutely love listening to this album – will be playing some of the tracks in my sets for sure!”
O’Flynn — DJ / Producer
“Such a pleasure to work on this fantastic album. Over the years The Carvery has mastered dozens of bands inspired by great Ebo Taylor. The Saltpond City Band is the real deal, their debut album ‘Boko a Ko’ is written in the original style of Ebo fusing Ghanaian highlife with funk laced with the wonderful keyboard work of singer and son, Henry Taylor. Brilliant work!!”
Frankie Francis / Frank Merritt — Sofrito / The Carvery
“A wonderful album, able to manage being beautiful and danceable at the same time.”
Renegades Of Jazz/ Bathurst — DJ / Producer
“Mennbo Wobi, definitely a dance floor, massive tune. I love the album, very groovy and has some mellow elements and offers different dynamics. Modern take on traditional Highlife.”
SNO — NTS / Banana Hill
“Loving this! Summertime encapsulated in a song right here. Really nice modern twist on the Highlife flavour with that Ebo magic nestled in there too. H&S x”
Heels & Souls — DJ / Record Label / Promoters
“Killer track from a brilliant new label, featuring a legendary musical dynasty”
Tom Fuller — BBC Radio 6 Music Senior Producer