Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
African neo-trad. percussion group formed '73 in Ghana, spearheading Ghanian folk revival with updated music and cultural shows. Formed by Nii Ashitey (ex- Tempos, Police band, Brigade Band No. 2) and Sake Acquaye (composer and impresario), with three female singers supported by acoustic guitar, three male vocalists, bamboo flutes and substantial percussion section of drums, labash, clips, gong and giant frame gombe drum; sang in Ga but the mixture of sea shanties, street songs, highlife, pachanga had appeal beyond Ga-speaking Ghanians. First LP Mibi Shi Dinn '74 followed by Walatu Walasa same year (incl. several hits); LP Drum Conference and 45-day tour of USA '75. Further LPs on Polydor encouraged other bands: Dzadzaloi (Two Paddies Follow One Girl '78, Napoliata '81), Abladei (Abladei BII '75), also Suku Troupe, Agbafoi, Blemabii, Bokoor.