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Pat Thomas ‎– Coming Home (Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1967-1981)

$48.00

Strut

Pat Thomas ‎– Coming Home (Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1967-1981)

$48.00

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This Fall, we’re proud to present the first full career retrospective release for Ghanaian highlife master and “The Golden Voice Of Africa,” Pat Thomas, covering his late ‘60s big band highlife recordings through to the “burger highlife” movement of the early ‘80s. With Thomas currently wowing audiences on the road in support of last year’s incredible album with Kwishibu Area Band, Coming Home offers listeners a chance to get to know Thomas’ singular career.

One of Thomas’ earliest tracks, with the Ebo Taylor lead Broadway Dance Band, is streaming below. The partnership with Taylor would become one of the enduring forces in Ghanaian music during the ‘70s, creating a fresh, progressive new highlife sound. “Today, highlife has become the world’s music,” says Thomas, “and I am proud to still bring it to so many people.” – Press Release

“Coming Home includes four other tunes by Marijata that demonstrate the group’s range. All of the bands included here—Ogyatanaa Show Band, the Black Berets, the Sweet Beans, and The Big ‘7’—wear their influences on their sleeve, but they also manage to spice them up just enough. On “Revolution,” for instance, the Sweet Beans subtly re-invent reggae as a more limber, light-footed form, the song’s slippery bass line immediately recognizable as somehow more “African” than Caribbean.

Likewise, on “Set Me Free,” the Sweet Beans hint at but don’t quite dip all the way into Latin rhythms and horn textures, choosing instead to stay in a kind of limbo between Latin jazz and ragtime, with a snaking saxophone melody that betrays the music’s Ghanaian roots. It is at these moments, where the music doesn’t quite plant both feet in any one style, when Coming Home sounds most fresh. In fact, some of the combinations that Thomas and these bands come up with suggest that these musics are still fertile ground for new combinations.” – Pitchfork

Item description:

Artist:

Pat Thomas ‎

Title:

Coming Home (Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1967-1981)

Label:

Strut

Format:

3 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, 180g

2 × CD, Compilation

Pressing:

UK

Release Date:

2016

Genre:

Funk / Soul, Folk, World, & Country

Style:

Highlife, Afrobeat

Catalog No:

STRUT147LP

Condition:

New