Wednesday, September 12, 2007

E. T. Mensah & His Tempos Band

Known as the "King of Highlife" in the 50s and 60s, the swing, bebop and big band leader E. T. Mensah was extraordinarily talented and his music being remastered today tells of a masterpiece. Ethno Music is really doing a marvelous job providing its listeners with vintage African sound.

Mensah, one of the first to introduce salsa flavored rhythms to Africa in the 50s entertained his audience during the colonial era gaining international recognition when he joined the original Tempos Band, taking over as the band leader. His amazing career can be read at Retro Afric in great detail. Brilliant stuff and great compositions in that era.
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