Following the wartime big band highlife pioneers like E.T. Mensah, Ebo Taylor became a major figure in Ghanaian highlife during the 1950s and ’60s as highlife exploded. Now 74 years-old, Ebo Taylor’s music has become increasingly in-demand in recent years with a series of Ghanaian compilations on Soundway Records and Analog Africa and an unexpected sample as Usher lifted a riff from ‘Heaven’ for his hit with Ludacris, ‘She Don’t Know’. A new Ebo Taylor album was a natural progression – ‘Love & Death’ his first ever internationally released studio album.
Musician and composer Jimi Tenor has never settled for the traditional role of a pop artist. During the 90s, Tenor moved first towards electronic music, but soon got closer to his roots: 60s and 70s jazz, psychedelic soul and African funk. Although Tenor spent all of the 90s in Berlin, New York, London and Barcelona, his artistic approach was typically Finnish: technically practical, but saturated with black humour and a national romantic tone. The music industry has found it difficult to operate with Jimi Tenor at times. Today he is an established European artist who operates outside the mainstream. His audience consists of clubbers and alternative rock enthusiasts looking for new perspective, but also of jazz and funk rebels. Those who understand that even unconventional pop music can move your body and heart.