Asembi Ara Amba

A 2 track roots reggae single (8m 37s) — released January 11th 2019 on Philophon

With his third single release, Y-Bayani (pronounced like Why-Bayani) shows clearly that he is the most intriguing roots-reggae sensation coming out of Ghana. He is backed again by the lushly grooving Band of Enlightenment, Reason and Love.

Asembi Ara Amba, sung in Fanti language, is an old Fanti story about having bad luck if you see a vulture up in the sky. As Y-Bayani sees one suddenly and for no reason he gets in trouble with the police. Being hold back in the police station he finally takes his chance to escape into freedom while the police men taking a nap.

On We Are The Band of Enlightenment, Reason And Love the group presents their personal anthem. The song is a cinematic journey starting with a mighty horn theme, followed up by a mantric chant and enters finally into a wall of sound in double time. It's a small symphony for sure.

Killer! - Gilles Peterson BBC

Super stuff, as usual. - Steve Owen iTunes

Rootsy, mystic and meditative, this has all the powers that African reggae is known for. Excellent work. - DJ Tomas Apple

Sick!!! Love this label. - Mathieu Schryer KCRW

Every Philophon release is a musical gem. Essential! - Jazzcat Ness Radio Italy

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