Ghanian highlife meets house on Koichi Sakai & Afla Sackey’s collaborative LP, Wono

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Featuring an interpretation of Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji’s 1958 tune ‘Jingo’.

London-based producer/DJ Koichi Sakai and Ghanian percussionist Afla Sackey are releasing a collaborative album, titled Wono, this March via Olindo.

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Wono was made using traditional Ghanian instruments, including an atenteben flute, ngoni – string instrument – and a kpanlogo drum, alongside recordings of Sackey and his sister’s chanting.

It follows Olindo’s release of Isaac Sasson’s Cantos Campesinosone of our favourite 7”s of 2019.

Head here for more info in advance of Wono’s 13th March release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Atenteben Blues
2. Wono
3. Yamb
4. Rebirth
5. Niege
6. Jingo
7. Suolo

Photo by: Ada Cotton