Guy One – #1 (4 stars)

Guy One – #1

Killer grooves abound on this album by a star of Ghanaian music

A star in Ghana, Guy One is perhaps best known to international audiences from his collaborations with fellow countryman King Ayisoba. One's take on Frafra music is more rural and traditional than Ayisoba's amplified urban kologo, but on #1 he expands his horizons with the help of Berlin funk specialist Max Weissenfeldt, adding brassy horn parts, electronics and drum kit to the mix. Afrobeat meets dub on 'Nongre Nongre Sugre Sugre', while 'Bangere Tomme' complements the gutsy twang of One's kologo with jittery guitar. Killer grooves abound, but One's keening and urgent voice is the main attraction.

Out now on Philopon.

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