Sweet Talks

Sweet Talks were a Ghanaian highlife ensemble that was active during the second half of the 1970s. They attracted an international following with their 1976 release The Kusum Beat and recorded a subsequent album in Los Angeles. The band also released material as El Dorados of Aboso Glass Factory and the Flamingos of Ghana. The […]


Marijata were a Ghanaian Afro-funk trio that released three albums on Gapophone during 1976 and 1977. The trio functioned as both an autonomous unit and the backing band for vocalist/guitarist Pat Thomas, who had led the three in his earlier band the Sweet Beans. Members: Kofi “Electric” Addison (guitar), Bob Fischian (organ), Nat Osmanu (guitar) […]


Osibisa are an Afro-funk/jazz-rock band founded in London in 1969 by four Ghanaian and three Caribbean musicians. The band released eight albums on MCA, Warner Bros., and Island between 1971 and 1976, including a soundtrack for the second installment of the Super Fly franchise. Yes/Uriah Heep illustrator Roger Dean painted the covers for Osibisa’s first […]

Hedzoleh Soundz

Hedzoleh Soundz were a Ghanaian highlife/Afrobeat band that was active during the late 1960s and early ’70s. In 1973, the band debuted as a backing act to South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela on an album for Blue Thumb Records. The band released their own album, simply titled Hedzoleh, on EMI later that same year. Guitarist […]