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Album Review

Most great Ghanaian highlife music exists in the past tense only. So this state of the art studio CD recorded in December 1994 by the self-proclaimed "Doctor of Hypertension" offers bounty beyond expectation. Osadebe's smoking ten-piece orchestra plays guitar-based dance music with a terrific horn section work and smooth-as-silk lead vocals by one of the best performers in the field. Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe's Soundmakers rode high in the Ghanian charts in the '70s and '80s — only Prince Nico's international hit album Sweet Mother outsold Osadebe's Platinum-award winning Osondi Owendi. The liner notes include a great story of professionalism that definitely links this band to another time. Kedu was recorded during a rare North American tour when Osadebe was nabbed for a day of studio recording. When the producer suggested the band might want to cover themselves in the event of any false starts or mishaps by reserving a second day of studio time, Chief Stephen asked with a straight face, just how many records did he intend to make?

Customer Reviews

Starter kit

A superb introduction to one of masters of high life. Gorgeous way to begin your addiction.

Osundi Owendi ... memories of my parents dancing

This is a Great song! Brings up memories of my parents dancing!! Didnt remember it until I hheard the new version from MC Loph. Now I get the best of both worlds!!

Biography

Born: 1934 in Atani, Anambra State, Nigeria

Genre: World

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Osadebe started his career when he was 23. He played with the Stephen Amache Band for awhile, then continued his career with the Central Dance Band. In 1964 he started his own band, Soundmakers International. Oasadebe spends most of his time playing highlife music; due to this he is considered to be one of the top highlife musicians. In 1981 he was awarded with a gold disc for the LP Onu Kwulonjo. By...
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Kedu America, Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: 1996

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