Ebo Taylor, now 82 years old, is a Ghanian musician who has been actively performing for sixty years. He was a notable highlife and Afro-Beat musician in West Africa in the 70's, but only in the last decade has he begun receiving international attention. Taylor doesn't seem to be slowing down any time soon, having just released his 13th album, "Yen Ara," earlier this year.
"Love and Death," from the album of the same name, was released in 2010. The song was originally recorded in the 80's, after Taylor's first wife left him. Although the subject matter is serious, the driving drums and bass, melodic guitar, and syncopated horn lines give the song a playful, irresistibly danceable energy.
Some notable artists who've sampled his work include Usher - who used Taylor's "Heaven" on "She Don't Know" - and Sadat X, from legendary hip hop group Brand Nubian, who used Taylor's 1976 release "Come Along," on "Remember That." The entire "Love and Death" album, and Taylor's huge catalog of music, is worth diving into and getting familiar with.
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About the Curator, Caitlin Moss:
Drum set player and percussionist Caitlin Moss was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has performed at such venues as the Skirball Center and the Ford Amphitheatre and has toured nationally and internationally, including performances in Mexico and Cuba, with Grammy-winning bands La Santa Cecilia and Quetzal. She performs and records in Los Angeles as a freelance musician and as a member of several original bands. Caitlin is also teaching drum set, percussion, piano, and music production classes at a youth arts center operated by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
23 April 2019
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