Hedzoleh Soundz

Hedzoleh Soundz was one of the original Afro-Afro bands of 1970s Ghana. They played a unique mix of traditional music and western rock, as well as traditional songs from the country. In late 1973, they were guests at the Napoleon nightclub. There they met South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela. Masekela would use the music from the ‘Hedzoleh” album as the backbone of his afo jazz classic, “Masekela-Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz”. Through an introduction by Fela Kuti, Afrobeat legend, Masekela met Hedzoleh Soundz. Hedzoleh was the perfect fit for the job as Hedzoleh had suggested to him that he record with West African musicians in the 1970s. Hedzoleh wrote all but two compositions on Masekela’s album. It could even be said that Masekela’s masterpiece was actually Hedzoleh’s album, with Masekela as the guest. Hedzoleh was originally founded in 1972 by musicians from pop and rock backgrounds, as well as members of the Ghanaian Arts Council’s traditional musical troupe. The group recorded two 45s in 1972 on the small Bibini label, Ghana. They had one hit, Rekpete, which was a minor hit. The original leader of Lash Laryea, formerly of The Aliens, was just leaving so Stanley Todd, the vocalist and bass player from El Pollos, stepped in. It was at this point that the group recorded their self-titled LP at the EMI Nigeria Studio. from http://www.soundwayrecords.com

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