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Vis-A-Vis

Highlife from Ghana with cosmic synths and funky grooves

Armando Bellmas
Armando Bellmas
Vis-A-Vis

Today on Ecléctico you're listening to Vis-A-Vis, a group of musicians from Ghana who were very popular on the Highlife scene in the late 70s and early 80s. Their funky Afrobeat rhythms are trailed by laser synths, loopy guitar lines, and jazzy horns, the grooves carried forward by hypnotic, high-energy signing.

You'll go deeper with an excerpt from and a link to a review by Nigel Williamson on Songlines.


"Obi Agye Me Dofo" by Vis-A-Vis
1980 | Highlife from Ghana with cosmic synths and funky grooves


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From the golden age of Ghanaian highlife, this rare album from 1977 is a bit of a gem. Hailing from Kumasi, the ancient capital of the Ashanti, Vis-A-Vis released 13 albums between 1975 and 1982, of which Obi Agye Me Dofo, originally released on the Probisco label and later reissued on Makossa International, is said to be the best and most sought after. You can hear why, especially on the thrilling title-track on which the urgent groove is driven by furiously riffing jazz horns, cosmic synth keys and a guitar solo of delightful insanity from Sammy Cropper while lead singer Isaac ‘Superstar’ Yeboah sounds similarly manic.