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Ebo Taylor

Ebo Taylor

Ebo Taylor is one of Ghanaʼs finest producer/arrangers and has been a vital figure on the Ghanaian music scene for over six decadesIn 1962, Taylor took his own group, the Black Star Highlife Band, to London, which led to collaborations with Fela Kuti as well as other African musicians in Britain at the time. Taylor was heavily influential in the unique sound that emerged from the country in the 70’s; a combination of traditional Ghanaian with Afro-beat, jazz, and funk rhythms.

He worked with bands including Stargazers Band, Broadway Dance Band, Black Star Highlife Band (with Teddy Osei and Sol Amarfio who later joined Osibisa), Apagya Show Band and fellow musicians C.K. Mann, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley and legendary Pat Thomas.

Taylor's work became popular internationally with hip-hop producers in the 21st century. In 2009, Usher used a sample from Taylor's song "Heaven" for "She Don't Know".