Todays TGIF Highlife Pick on Ghanamixtapes is, Okyerema Asante’s Sabi. Highlife music from back in the day for your weekend listening pleasure. Okyerema Asante played a contributing role in painting the musical african soundscape that permeated the 1980s rock scene. He recorded and toured the world with Paul Simon for his seminal “Graceland” album, and rejoined Mick Fleetwood in 1987 for another world tour with Fleetwood Mac.
As many side musicians do, Asante tried his hand at a solo career. The recording featured here is from 1980, and starts off with one of the toughest afro-disco songs to come out of Ghana. As we’ve stated before, recordings like these represent the potential direction Ghanaian pop music would’ve gone if it were not for the curfews and coups that destroyed Ghanaian nightlife. And, judging from Asante’s musical and fashion aesthetic, it is also slightly indicative of the premier Ghanaian afro-disco outfit, Osibisa’s, ever-lasting influence on Ghanaian musicians themselves. African Invasion Movement #AIM