Various - Essiebons Special 1973 - 1984: Ghana Music Power House


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For most of the 1970s, legendary Ghanaian producer Dick Essilfie-Bondzie's Dix and Essiebons labels were synonymous with the best in modern highlife, and his roster was a who's-who of highlife legends. C.K. Mann, Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Kofi Papa Yankson, Ernest Honny, Rob 'Roy' Raindorf and Ebo Taylor all released some of their greatest music under the Essiebons banner. 
Yet Essilfie-Bondzie had been destined for a very different career. Born in Apam and raised in Accra, he was sent to business school in London at the age of twenty, and returned to the security of a government job in Ghana. But his passion for music, inspired by the sounds of Accra's highlife scene, had never left him, and in 1967 he figured out a way of combining music and business by opening West Africa's first record pressing plant. The venture, a partnership with the Philips label, was a huge success, attracting business from all over the continent. By the early 1970s Essilfie-Bondzie had left his government job to concentrate on his labels, and by the mid-seventies he was on a hot streak injecting album after album of restless highlife into the bloodstream of the Ghanaian music scene. 
Essiebons Special
features a selection of obscure workouts from some of the label's heaviest hitters. But in the course of digitising his vast archive of master tapes, Essilfie-Bondzie found a number of Afrobeat and instrumental tracks from the label's mid-70s golden age that, for one reason or another, had never been released, and those songs are also included here for the first time. 
Produced in collaboration with Dick Essilfie-Bondzie, who sadly passed away shortly before its completion, this collection stands as testament to his vast contribution to the world of West African music. 


  1. Ernest Honny - Kofi Psych 
  2. Joe Meah - Dee Mmaa Pe 
  3. CK Mann & His Carousel 7 - Yeaba 
  4. Ansa - Santrofi 
  5. Seaboy & Nyame Bekyere - Tinitini 
  6. Joe Meah - Ahwene Pa Nkasa 
  7. Ernest Honny - Ernest Special 
  8. Seaboy - Africa 
  9. Nyame Bekyere - Medley 
  10. Ernest Honny - Say The Truth 
  11. Black Masters Band - Wonnin a Bisa 
  12. Sawaaba Soundz - Egye Tu Gbe 
  13. CK Mann Big Band - Fa W‘akoma Ma Me 
  14. Ernest Honny - Odo Mframa 


  • Double-LP housed in gatefold jacket with 7mm spine, includes 12-page 12" x 12" full-colour booklet, and contains multi-format download coupon 
  • CD housed in digipack case with outer card slipcase and includes 24-page 5" x 5" booklet 



also available on Analog Africa: 
Various - Edo Funk Explosion Vol.1   2LP | CD 
Various - Cameroon Garage Funk   2LP | CD  
Manzanita Y Su Conjunto - Trujillo , Perú 1971-1974   LP 
Various - Saturno 2000: La Rebajada De  Los Sonideros 1962 - 1983   2LP | CD 


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