In 2008 i was in Ghana for the first time. I heard the music of King Ayisoba and bought his two cassettes right away and copied them many many times for friends since then.
King Ayisoba is a number one star in Ghana, with a few big hits over the last five years. His song “I Want to see you my Father” is in the hearts and minds of every Ghanaian. King Ayisoba is part of the new Hip-Life scene and changed the scene with his new approach by using traditional instruments and songs together with the beats, bleeps and bass that make Hip Life so an exciting modern style. King Ayisoba plays the kologo, a two string instrument that originates from the north of Ghana. The sound is melodic and percussive at the same time. It works really well with the jumpy beats and catchy bass lines that come from his sampler. King Ayisoba sings partly in English and partly in his traditional own language, his lyrics are sometimes funny, often actual, very personal and always imaginative. Sometimes the music reminds of Bo Didley with its percussive catchy beat but this is blues of the 21st century and King Ayisoba is driving the cattle.
(recorded with a cellphone at the Labadi Pleasure Beach)
In 2012 I was back in Ghana and got in touch. And now we go on european tour in June. King Ayisoba just released his 3rd album in Ghana and we are making plans to release his music also in Europe. Around that time I will tell more about his music, Ghana, hip-life and history. For now I just wish you all to come and see the concert!
Zea + King Ayisoba Tour Dates
09/06 BRUSSELS [Belgium] – Les Atelier Claus
13/06 METZ [France] – Le Pari (ex-Flamenco)
14/06 LYON [France] – Le Periscope
15/06 GRENOBLE [France] – Le Sappey
16/06 GENEVA [Switzerland] – Baz’ Art festival
17/06 COLOGNE [Germany] – AZ Koln