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1000 Can Die by King Ayisoba

King Ayisoba

1000 Can Die

Release Date: May 19, 2017

Genre(s): International

Record label: Glitterbeat


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Album Review: 1000 Can Die by King Ayisoba

Fairly Good, Based on 2 Critics

The Guardian - 60
Based on rating 3/5

A pozora Ayisoba, better known in Ghana as King Ayisoba, became a star in west Africa by furiously updating traditional styles. He comes from the far north of Ghana, where he studied the kologo, a two-stringed lute, before moving to the capital Accra, where he used the traditional instrument to provide the backing for his massive hit I Want to See You, My Father. It's very much in evidence on his new album, along with a variety of Ghanaian drums, which are mixed in with beats, electronica and echoes of hiplife, the local blend of highlife and hip-hop.

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The Quietus
Opinion: Excellent

You might be familiar with the 'Africa is a country' crypto-meme, likewise the blog of the same name, which serves as sarcastic rebuttal to Eurocentric ignoroids who treat a continent of 1.2 billion people as an indistinguishable mass. King Ayisoba, a latterday Ghanaian musical icon, is similarly sweeping on 'Africa Needs Africa', the opening track of 1000 Can Die, his fifth album. "Some of our leaders / Sell all their property," he laments, in his trademark rasping vocal style; "Some of our people / Travel in Europe...

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