Saturday, July 25, 2009

Roots Anabo on Stage


Roots Anabo - Civilization

ghana reggae

 Finally able to pay more attention to this here Afrobeat Standard. Presenting a cassette rip of Roots Anabo's seminal 1987 album - Civilisation. Led by Mawuli Nukpese Roots Anabo called its fusion of Ghanaian and Roots Reggae Sunlife Music. Mawuli's Flute work on Atenteben Dub is incredibly soulful. Players on this album include Ekow "Savage" Alabi who has subsequently recorded similar reggae albums on drums; Oghene Kologbo who used to play with fela; Bob Fiscian Ghana's foremost keyboardsman. They also get an assist from Ibo cooper of Third World. Apostolic Jazz and Hedzole are reminiscent of Early period Third World.
Roots Anabo went on to play Reggae Sunsplash reportedly to high acclaim but sadly broke up pretty much after this their sole album.

1.Blofo Nyobi
2. Atenteben Dub
3. Apostolic Jazz 
4. Singing in the Name of the Lord
5. Strange Land
6. Hedzole

Mawuli Nukpese: Guitar, Vocals, Flute
Ekow Alabi Savage: Drums, Vocal
William Casely: Piano
Bob Fiscian: Keyboards
Doddridge Cline- Thomas: Bass
Oghene Kologbo: Guitar solo on singing in the name of the Lord