“Afro-American jazz, soul and funk with Ghanaian highlife, enhanced by his signature Simigwa style and powered by polyrhythms.”
Pan African Music

“Gyedu-Blay Ambolley continues to explore the infinite possibilities of his afro-groove cocktail as militant as it is danceable.”

Debbie Golt

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley and Hi-Life Jazz is the new album from revered Ghanaian highlife and Simigwa Do exponent Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, known for his deep, soulful, and funky highlife sound and sometimes referred to as the “James Brown of Ghana.”

A 360-degree musical tour de force as evidenced by his impressive and eclectic back catalogue, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley and Hi-Life Jazz makes his 35th album release to date. His third release on the German Agogo label, the release sees him breathing new life into some jazz classics, revisiting works by John Coltrane (Love Supreme), Thelonius Monk (Round Midnite), Wayne Shorter (Footprints) and Miles Davis (All Blues) alongside some brand new compositions, powered by polyrhythms and his signature highlife style. The record coincides with multiple live dates through October visiting Paris, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Lisbon, Copenhagen, Brussels, Gothenburg, Malmo, Saubriges & Mugron.

Since his breakthrough in the early 1970s with his own Simigwa style he has shared stages and studios with some of Ghana’s greats like Ebo Taylor and Sammy Larteh with whom he played In the Uhuru
Dance Band. Together they founded the Apagya Show Band in 1974. He has since continued to push back boundaries, embrace, explore, create and cultivate an impressive catalogue of work. In recent times, he has become a go-to example of Ghana’s rich traditional music form, so much so that he has performed tirelessly through Europe and US and most notably at Utrecht’s Le Guess Who Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival.

On Tour

Date City Venue Country
Tour: jazzisdead & artdontsleep present the “Simigwa” – Tour
01 Aug 2024 Seattle Tractor Tavern United States
02 Aug 2024 Portland tba United States
03 Aug 2024 Happy Valley tba United States
06 Aug 2024 Berkeley Cornerstone United States
07 Aug 2024 Santa Cruz Kuumbwa Jazz Center United States
09 Aug 2024 San Diego Music Box United States
10 Aug 2024 Long Beach The Bamboo Club United States
11 Aug 2024 Los Angeles Lodge Room United States
13 Aug 2024 Chicago The Outset United States
15 Aug 2024 State College 3 Dots Downtown United States
16 Aug 2024 New York tba United States
17 Aug 2024 Somerville Crystal Ballroom United States
18 Aug 2024 Amherst The Drake United States
20 Aug 2024 Washington DC Black Cat United States
21 Aug 2024 Philadelphia Johnny Brendas United States
22 Aug 2024 Brooklyn Brooklyn Bowl United States