From the Upper East Region of Ghana, comes the rebel sound of a man ruling the roost with song, dance and regal Kologo power. The King is all out to get you. The way his raw and uplifting vocals gives real power to the songs, the way he delves deep into local traditions and pulls out new African flavours. Ricocheting between smooth and suave turns, then riffing off urbane Hip Life or rocking to tribal workouts, the King’s sonic voice and two string guitar with a calabash gourd resonator are the central centrifugic epicentre for the band who always deliver a floor filling show.
“As the style’s undisputed trailblazer, he brought kologo to sudden and dizzying popularity both at home and abroad, and finds himself with a lot of space to experiment. This is fierce, uncompromising music; Ayisoba himself is imperious throughout, urging proceedings on with his trademark vocal tones, half strangled yelp, half furious growl. ” THE WIRE
“It’s wonderful stuff, centred on Ayisoba’s signature instrument, a two-stringed lute-type contraption called a kologo. Obviously limited in its sonic scope, our dude provides rhythm and melody lines alike to hypnotic and strangely groovy effect … King Ayisoba’s four-strong band are a pulsing unit of clattering energy … I can barely imagine how slamming this stuff is when played live.” THE QUIETUS
“A few seconds of this uncompromising set demonstrate his undeniable power. More a growler than a singer, Ayisoba lets rip from the start, his heavily rhythmic songs wasting no time on subtlety, his band (percussionists, mainly) driving the trance sound home … Imagine an African take on Bo Diddley as a house band at the gates of hell, one last irresistible temptation for those bounder a better place” MOJO
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