Ghana’s ancient empire and the 21st century global express.
The rhythms that created the past alongside the beats forging the present.
In King Ayisoba, they all converge.
Everything morphing into one.
And on his new album, 1000 Can Die, they stand together, history and today, side by side. The tradition hewn from the future.
“King Ayisoba and his band know that traditional instruments are stronger than anything modern,” says album producer Zea (the Ex’s Arnold de Boer). “Playing them is a gift from God. They’ll take what they can use from electronica, from hiplife (the hugely popular Ghanaian style that fuses the local highlife music with hip-hop) but they won’t let it beat them, because they know what they have is more powerful. Their music is pulled from the ground.”
Support is from Zea, The Ex frontman’s solo incarnation. Zea is a remodeler and remoulder of modern music and a sometime collaborator with King Ayisoba.