Ebo Taylor (GHA)
ABOUT THE SHOW
In a must-see performance for fans of West African highlife and Afrobeat, living legend and grandfather of the genre Ebo Taylor will bring his inimitable, infectiously upbeat sound to Brisbane International Jazz Festival.
The 87-year old Ghanaian guitarist, composer and producer is an enduring icon who has firmly placed West African music on the world map. The influence of highlife in shaping Africa’s music history cannot be overemphasized; it is an exquisite cocktail of indigenous dance rhythms and jazz accompanied with the melodies from African drums, accordions, harmonicas and guitars.
Ebo and his son Henry Taylor will tour Australia for the first time, joined by Melbourne six-piece The Afrobiotics.
Taylor will share with audiences a taste of the energetic, jazz and funk-tinged magic that has fuelled his prolific, 60-plus-year career.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Merging highlife with jazz and funk to create his own brand of Ghanaian afrobeat, Ebo Taylor is a giant of contemporary West African music. An integral part of the Ghanaian music scene for over fifty years and now recognised globally alongside the likes of Nigerian trail-blazers Fela Kuti and Orlando Julius for his electric brand of afrobeat, Ebo Taylor is finally getting the exposure he deserves.
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES
Suitable for ages 12+