Boomkat Product Review:
After nearly 40 years languishing in the Afro-beat annals, Hedzoleh's fusion of traditional Ghanaian and western rock music is reissued by the brilliant Soundway crew. Their debut album 'Hedzoleh' will be known to many as the backing for legendary Afro-jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela's classic 'Masekela - Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz' where all bar two of the tracks are actually original recordings byt he band. After being introduced by mutual friend Fela Kuti, Hedzoleh handed over their debut album recording to be used by Masekela. This version featuring the band plus trumpet would become widepsread and well known, but the trumpet-less original hasn't seen the light of day for nearly 40 years. It's an incredible mix of irresistible tribal drumming, chants, and languid guitars, known is Ghana as "West African Highlife", and utterly charming to the rest of the world. This is one of the best in a glut of recent Afro-beat reissues and should be recommended to any lovers of Fela Kuti. Heavy!