Alogte Oho is the number one Frafra gospel artist from within the explosive music scene of Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana. His international debut was the 2014 single "Zota Yinne" (Philophon PH45002), which has already become a collectors item. Alogte Oho is, as always, accompanied by his powerful female choir, the Sounds of Joy, comprised of Lizy, Patricia and Florence - all fantastic gospel performers in their own rights.
Bajka and Max Weissenfeldt first met each other when they both attended the same school in Munich, Germany.Their first recordings - under the name Goldenes Zeitalter - took place in 1998 and have proven to be a homage to the nowadays beloved spiritual-jazz-vibe in the manner of Alice Coltrane and co. and were released in 2005 by Jazzman Records. Now, Bajka has found her way back to her musical family and joined Philophon - the right environment for such a unique voice, joining a growing roster of talented artists including: The Polyversal Souls, Roy X, Guy One, Alogte Oho Jonas, Hailu Mergia, Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids, Jimi Tenor and Y-Bayani. “The World” is driven by the heavyweight drumming of Max, counterpointed by the iridescent voice of Bajka. She reflects the glory of our world by showing the listener through her talent that she in person is for sure part of that glory. On the flip side, “Invisible Joy”, Bajka gives her own interpretation of Philophon’s own label anthem, which was already the title track of The Polyversal Souls’ celebrated debut album.
Exactly 30 years now went by since the last time any Hailu Mergia’s original material was released. In the past few years the reissues of his old recordings brought him back to the scene allowing a wider audience to discover his great music. The combination of African roots and Western influences gave his music a unique touch which is again the strenght and charm of the two new tracks released on this 7” for Philophon. A wave of elegant melodies will hit your ears while your body won’t stop be driven insane by the polyrhythmic funky beats. The songs were recorded in Berlin at Philophon’s studio, run by the German drummer and producer Max Weissenfeldt (Poets of Rhythm, Whitefield Brothers, also known for his collaborations with Dan Auerbach and Dr. John). This 45rpm gem perfectly reflects the aim of the label: to put on vinyl something precious that will make you forget time and space and leave you alone with what really matters: awesome music.
After the reissue of the three private press albums from the 70’s and the european tour in 2010 followed by the release of a new album ( “Otherwordly”), spiritual jazz ensemble led by multi-instrumentalist or better multi talented artist Idris Ackamoor seems to have found again the burning fire that gave birth to ecstatic musical compositions and astonishing live performances. A melodic saxophone theme, a groovy funky riffs and a polyrhythmic percussions harmony will walk you through an enchanted jungle that seems kind of quiet at first (Rhapsody in Berlin part 1) despite the sense of its hidden power, suddenly but elegantly exploding in part 2 where the saxophone takes off and flies free before merging with a singing violin and a percussion madness.
The unique multidirectional artist Jimi Tenor visited Philophon’s Joy Sound Studios for the first time and created another example that showcases him as one of the spearheading creative minds of our time. On “Order of Nothingness” he takes the listener by his hand to follow him into a multidimensional experience of psychedelic afrobeat. On top of the driving groove of the B-side, “Tropical Eel”, Jimi lets his fingers dance on the Hammond Extra-Voice, that rare tube based proto-synth which was introduced in the same year when Yuri Gagarin was the first human in outer space: Jimi - proto-synth - outer space. That’s a very logical order!
Debut full-length from acclaimed German funk band, the Polyversal Souls, produced by Max Weissenfeldt (Now Again, the Heliocentrics, Karl Hector and the Malcouns, Poets of Rhythm) at Berlin's legendary Ru-Ting Clan Sound Lab studio. With their debut album Invisible Joy, the Polyversal Souls are ready to take off. Produced at the Berlin based Ru- Ting Clan Sound Lab by Max Weissenfeldt (Whitefield Brothers, Poets of Rhythm), the band invited artists from all around the world to join their musical journey: from N.Y.C., Africa Baby Bam (Jungle Brothers), from Ethopia, Hailu Mergia (Walias Band) and from West Africa's beautiful Ghana, the award-winning griot Guy One, Ebo Taylor's son Roy X and freedom poet Y-Bayani. The result is a unique piece of global raw soul.
Roy X is the alias of Jimmy Taylor, youngest son of Ghanaian Highlife/Afrobeat legend Ebo Taylor. Armed with his naturally inherited rhythm in his blood he put his teriffic rap skills on top of some cooking live played music. On “Oduyewu” he pays a lot of respect to the sound his father has created. On “Sakawa” he takes you gentle to a world of abstract dreams - it’s just unique music of African origin.
Y-Bayani (pronounced Why-Bayani) is Ghana’s uprising Fanti-reggae artist. He was discovered by Philophon in Ebo Taylor’s hometown Saltpond, where he survived as a clock doctor. With his song “Asembi Ara Amba” he was featured on the highly acclaimed debut “Invisible Joy” by the Polyversal Souls. The success of that song opened the door for his first release under his sonorous own name:Y-Bayani. “Get Away” is a swinging up-tempo beat with a bouncy bass and a haunting vocal performance on top. “Obar No Ni” on the other hand brings you down with a slowly driving rub-a-dub beat. Both tunes have been produced by Max Weissenfeldt and Stibbo Spitzmüller at Berlin’s Joy Sound Studios.
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