I would like to start off by mentioning that this is definitely one of my all-time favorite afro-funk LPs and that, in some small way, I helped in this process by allowing my wishful thinking to enter the cosmos, which heard my request and manifested this reissue.
All kidding aside, the lovely folks at Mr. Bongo just informed me that they’ve recently released the full “Conflict” LP alongside their earlier issue of Ebo’s 1977’s self-titled album. Both showcase Ebo’s incredible musicianship, allowing him to expand on the idea to move Ghanaian music away from traditional highlife, which he felt embodied too much Eurocentric sensibilities, and towards music that better resembled african people. The result was a beautiful array of woe and wistfulness wrapped around heavy bass lines and funky backbeats, all of which complimented Ebo’s guitar playing perfectly.
There’s a reason why he’s often present as producer or arranger on some of the funkiest afro funk recordings that came out of Ghana during the 70s and 80s. From Ambolley to CK Mann, Ebo curated a sound distinctly his, and much like Fela’s legacy in Nigeria, his achievements will endure the test of time.
You can buy the limited edition vinyl pressings here: