In his short musical career Captain Yaba captivated listeners with
his two-string gourd guitar grooves, and especially with the track
Yaba Funk. He makes his instrument, the koliko (aka molo or xalam)
sound like the root of all funk.
Yaba was a Fra Fra from the northern Ghana town of Bolgatanga where
the country and the culture have more in common with Sahelian neighbours
than the central and coastal regions where highlife rules.
Yaba Funk Roots is a reissue of his 1996 album Tinanure, produced
by Francis Fuster, the celebrated Sierra Leonean percussionist.
Unfortunately Yaba died soon after that CDs release. This
RetroAfric reissue has been augmented with five tracks from the
original Ghana sessions, which retain the vital edge of griot funk
at which Yaba excelled. Call them premix, call them de-mix, these
tracks bring added delight to a type of African music which is rarely
heard in the West.
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