King Ayisoba: 1000 Can Die (4 stars)

King Ayisoba: 1000 Can Die

Thrilling album from Ghanaian master of the kologo

The latest album from Ghanaian kologo maestro King Ayisoba is a monster. Produced by Arnold De Boer of Dutch punks the Ex, 1000 Can Die foregrounds the trance-like power of the band's traditional instruments – the two-string kologo and an array of percussion – while judiciously employing electronic textures. Guest spots from Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Ghanaian rapper M3nsa, and the great Nigerian saxophonist Orlando Julius are a treat, but Ayisoba is undoubtedly the star, barking out conscious lyrics, peppered with the wonderfully nasal bleats that are his signature. The acoustic 'Ndeema' provides a reflective coda to this thrilling album.

Out now on Glitterbeat.

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