I admit - with work and play and a whole lot of sun - summer’s definitely gotta hold of me, but I promise I’m gonna try to get back to routine. Seriously, I promise <insert smiley face>
So, here we go with a whole new round of African LPs and 45s for your listening pleasure. To show my sincerity, I’m kicking it off with a real treat: Atakora Manu’s Omintiminim.
Atakora, who’s work includes the amazing Afro Highlife and its follow-up, the aptly-titled Disko Hi-life among others, was already an accomplished musician in the Ghanaian Highlife scene by the time Omintiminim came out. And as with his previous 70s work, he didn’t shy away from forward-thinking techniques and musical elements to produce a true highlife gem.
The album is solid throughout, featuring swirling synth melodies coupled with funky highlife guitar and Atakora’s vocals, but it really breaks the mold on the last track - the official battle cry for Kumasi’s futbol team - “Asante Kotoko.” The song kicks off with open drums leading into Kotoko fans chanting in unision “If one of us falls, thousands more will come…” A startling declaration to any opponent, indeed.
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