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Okyerema Asante

Sabi (Get Down) - Reissue

    After touring the world and recording with Hugh Masekela, Lonnie Liston Smith and Oneness of Juju, ‘Sabi (Get Down)’ was Okyerema's first solo record, released privately in limited numbers on his label Atumpan Records in 1980/1. Recorded and manufactured in the USA, but only ever released on the African continent, this self-funded, scarce, and brilliant Afro-disco LP regularly exchanges hands for eye-watering prices.

    Here, ‘Sabi (Get Down)’ is repressed in its original, 14 minute long form (check out some breathtaking vocals by Oneness of Juju’s Lady Eka Ete at around 13 minutes!), backed by the equally impressive 'That's My Girl' on the B side. In addition, we are glad to accompany it with extensive interview-based liner notes and never-before-seen photos, detailing Okyerema's career from his membership of Ghana's legendary band Hedzolleh to performing with Paul Simon and Fleetwood Mac twenty years later.


    Kallaloo

    Star Child

    Official reissue of Kallaloo's sought-after 1982 disco single "Star Child" thru Kalita records and accompanied by interview-based liner notes. Originally released on Jeffrey Turpin's Trinidadian record label IDA, "Star Child" has since become highly sought-after by both DJs and collectors alike as an invisible, yet astonishing piece of Caribbean disco.

    Kallaloo consisted of various Trinidadian musicians including Keith Alexander and Peter Wayne Barkley. Keith had been well-respected as a member of the Trinidadian group Impact, and was later to become an in-demand producer and composer under the name of Keith Diamond, responsible for various hits by Billy Ocean, Donna Summer, Starpoint and Melba Moore. In contrast, Peter was a well-known recording session drummer, but after "Star Child"'s release he moved to North Carolina to pursue other interests and 'was never heard from again'.

    "Star Child" was recorded at Right Track Recording, in mid-town Manhattan, New York. As Jeffrey recalls, the atmosphere in the studio was 'great, with everyone upbeat, the cream of the crop just looking for that break... everyone was talented and just wanted the chance to express their own ideas'. Five hundred copies of the record were released on IDA with a white label design, and they were sold both in Brooklyn, New York and Port of Spain, Trinidad. It was also released on a red label, however this was not to Jeffrey's knowledge at the time. Jeffrey explains that the reason why the record didn't fare well at the time was because of the difficulty in getting the song played on the radio. As he recalls, radio stations were much more likely to play 'radio versions' of songs which lasted for a couple of minutes, rather than five or seven minute 'extended' versions such as "Star Child", which were more suitable to a club environment. In addition, as Jeffrey explains, radio airplay is a 'political business', and also within a short while band members such as Keith got their own breaks, and the Kallaloo era was over as quickly as it had started.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Millie says: Massive disco anthem, Star Child is the 80's spirit captured in vinyl format! Highly sought after for a long time so get on it. Tonight's the night, the time is right!

    Kalita Records and CC:EDITIONS (a new venture by Australia’s CC:DISCO) jointly announce a 12” EP comprised of four of Nana Tuffour’s greatest electronic burger highlife tracks, accompanied by interview-based liner notes. Here, in partnership with Nana, we select two highly sought-after songs from his 1993 release ‘Genesis’, namely ‘Sikyi Medley’ and ‘M’Anu Me Ho’, and pair them his with two lesser known yet equally deserving tracks ‘Asamando’ and ‘Jesus’ from his 1997 CD-only release ‘Highlife Tropicana’.

    Hailing from Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti region in Ghana, Nana Tuffour is by far one of the most important exponents of modern highlife music. He studied piano at college and cut his teeth in the '70s as an organist and vocalist for the incomparable Kyeremanteng Atwede and Dr. K Gyasi’s Noble Kings Band.

    Fast forward to 1981 and Ghana was at the apex of its golden age of music. This era was brought to an abrupt end by political upheaval when the military took over the government and as a result a restrictive dusk to dawn curfew was imposed between 1982 and 1984. This resulted in a total obliteration of the country's night life, and Nana just like many other prominent musicians including Pat Thomas and George Darko left Ghana for greener pastures, the most popular destinations being Nigeria and Germany. The Rheinklang Studio in Düsseldorf run by a young inimitable German sound engineer Bodo Staiger and another “exiled” Ghanaian musician Charles Amoah played a crucial role for those musicians who had chosen Germany. This studio became the focal point for Ghanaian musicians and the birthplace of a new sound, now known as 'Burger highlife' - traditional Ghanaian highlife infused with the more up to date electronic and disco sounds of the West. It is arguable that Nana has played a crucial role in Burger highlife and developing the sound of traditional Ghanaian highlife more widely to what it is today, with his innovative use of electronic accompaniment pushing its boundaries to its creative extremes.

    It is Burger highlife's transcendence of traditional musical boundaries that helps make it so accessible to listeners, appealing not only to Ghanaians back home but now highly regarded and sought-after by those in the West interested in more occidental disco and electronic sounds. We hope that you enjoy the four songs offered here, each chosen to demonstrate Nana's singular influence on the development of Burger highlife.

    Carrie Cleveland

    Looking Up: The Complete Works

    Kalita Records keep their hot streak molten with a first, frankly definitive discography of Carrie Cleveland, an expanded version of her 1978 album ‘Looking Up’, including both the issue and promotional versions of her single ‘Make Love To Me’, and the previously unknown sweet soul single ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’.

    Privately arranged, recorded and produced by Carrie and her husband Bill as a labour of love in their backyard studio in 1978, ‘Looking Up’ is one of the most in-demand soul/disco LPs in existence, sought-after in particular for their track ‘Love Will Set You Free’. In addition, the promotional version of Carrie’s single ‘Make Love To Me’ is one of the best and rarest sweet soul records to have emerged out of the West Coast soul scene, and her single ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ is until today virtually unknown even to the most seasoned of collectors, with even Carrie herself unsure if it was ever released. With the album originally pressed in a limited run of just 1000 with 500 copies of each single, original copies of Carrie’s records deservingly command eye-watering figures on the second-hand market. Kalita now satisfy the thirst with the first ever official reissue of her entire discography.

    The Kalita vinyl reissue consists of both the expanded album and a bonus 7” single, and is housed in a gatefold sleeve. The CD is accompanied by a mini-poster. Both the vinyl and CD releases include extensive interview-based liner notes and never before seen photos, detailing Carrie and Bills’ life and musical career.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: Another slice of sweet, sweet soul from the Kalita stable, who put a wealth of Carrie Cleveland material (both released and otherwise) in this excellent retrospective collection.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    LP Info: Includes bonus 7"

    CD Info: Includes mini poster

    Okyerema Asante

    Sabi (Get Down)

    Kalita Records are extremely excited to announce their second release, Okyerema Asante's Ghanaian disco monster, 'Sabi (Get Down)'.

    After touring the world and recording with both Hugh Masekela and Oneness of Juju, 'Sabi (Get Down)' was Okyerema's first solo record, released privately in limited numbers on his label Atumpan Records in 1980/1. Recorded and manufactured in the USA, but only ever released on the African continent, this self-funded, scarce, and brilliant afro-disco LP regularly exchanges hands for eye-watering prices.

    This is the first time that 'Sabi (Get Down)' has ever been officially reissued, and we are happy to reproduce it in its original, 14 minute long form (check out Lady Eke Ete's amazing vocals at the 13 minute mark!), backed by the equally impressive 'That's My Girl' on the B side. In addition, we are glad to accompany it with extensive interview-based liner notes and never-before-seen photos, detailing Okyerema's career from his membership of Ghana's legendary band Hedzolleh to performing with Paul Simon and Fleetwood Mac twenty years later.

    We hope that you love both tracks as much as we do, and invite you to join us in celebrating the musical world of Okyerema Asante!



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