Tuesday, December 18, 2012

SIMIGWA!

Finally...
This record doesn't need much of an introduction. Gyedu-Blay Ambolley's debut record is one of the most iconic albums of the entire Ghanaian discography and also boasts one of the coolest cover designs I have ever seen. If you want to get into Ghana Funk, there's simply no way around this record. Well, this one and of course the mighty This Is Marijata.

Simigwa was a relative big seller back in 1975 but you would be surprised how hard it is to track down a playable copy in today's Ghana. People played the daylights out of this album. Put it on and you'll understand immediately. This record is an instant party: Just add a few friends and some libations and good times will ensue. It's a law of nature. At the end of side 2 you'll just flip it over without even thinking about it. If you don't want to have to worry about wearing out your only copy, be wise and order two. This baby is limited to 1.500 copies so be quick. Get them from the source: LP/CD. The CD comes with a 12" poster with the original cover design because we know you can't wait to show this off on your wall.

The album was mastered from the original master tapes and licensed from Essiebons Records. More often than not, the studio tapes were overdubbed or destroyed but in this case you get the highest possible fidelity for your maximum enjoyment.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your work, Frank! Already ordered two copies.
¡Felices Fiestas!
Pau

Djouls said...

Announced since august 2010, it's finally coming, yeah!!!
http://www.parisdjs.com/index.php/post/Gyedu-Blay-Ambolley-Simigwa

Marc B. from Chicago said...

Thank you, Frank!

Tumbleweave said...

Any idea when these might be shipping? And does the vinyl come with a download link by any chance?

Thanks

Frank said...

As far as I know the vinyl and CDs have shipped already. No download links included on this one, sorry. But we will begin doing so with the next release (Freedom Family which is already being manufactured as I type this).

Tumbleweave said...

Thanks very much for the info. Looking forward to it. May also email you re: a potential London booking in the spring if you are still planning on being around?

Stef said...

hey frank, thanks for this wonderful re-release, been waiting a long time.
now, there`s been rumors around that you`re going to re-release "pat thomas introduces marijata" and/or "pat thomas and marijata", is that true and if - when would we be able to pre-order?
all the best. stef

Frank said...

Hi Stef, "Pat Thomas introduces Marijata" will come out sometime after The Freedom Family album is out which will be my next release with Academy...

dubmusic said...

Just received this album on both CD and vinyl.. Sizzling hot. Thanks for all the work!

DIOGENE said...

May be the best ghanaan album of time. Dont miss this album.
Thanks to FRancky wata.