Amartey Hedzoleh is a veteran of Ghana's Afro-rock scene.
Drawing from various musical traditions in Ghana and from his part Indian roots, he has created his own distinctive style.
He started in the 60's as bass player and singer of the Psychedelic Aliens, and performed with them at the legendary Soul to Soul concert in Accra. In 1972 he founded Hedzoleh Soundz, which earned him the name Hedzoleh (a Ga word for peace and freedom). He left the group before they hit the studio, but his songs ended up being recorded on their debut album and on Hugh Masekela's "Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz". Soon after that, he embarked on a solo career.
Among other projects, Amartey Hedzoleh wrote and performed the soundtrack of King Ampaw's 1983 movie "Kukurantumi - Road to Accra".
After he handed over his tape to the film crew, he recorded a new and expanded version of the soundtrack with many extra songs. It was never released, and the tapes were left on the shelf for decades. A selection of these recordings is presented here for the first time ever.
released August 2, 2015
All songs composed by A. Hedzoleh Laryea, except
Afawo Woya Woba (trad./arranged by A. Hedzoleh Laryea)
Published by Amartey Publishing Co.
Licensed from Amartey Hedzoleh
Amartey Hedzoleh: vocals, jiri (xylophone), kalimba,
gonje (fiddle), guitar, percussion
Jagger Botchway: guitar
Akueteh Dodoo: bass, percussion, backing vocals
Akwetey Dodoo: drums, percussion, backing vocals
Mensah Boye: congas
Solomon Sampah: percussion
Recorded in Accra at Bokoor Studio by John Collins,
except track 2, 5 and 8 (recorded at Ghana Film Studio
by Francis Kwakye)
Tape restoration, editing and mastering by Danny O'Really
at Studio Five, Berlin
Compiled by Martin van Aalst
Designed by Mohamed el-Fers
Special thanks to John Collins
all rights reserved