Masekela introducing Hedzoleh Soundz

 

Adade” from the album Repkete

Hugh Masekela, the South African trumpter, did a record in Ghana with Accra afro-rock band Hedzoleh Soundz.

This music sounds deep. Hedzoleh Soundz were supposed to get big like Osibisa. They didn’t. Nevertheless, we got this tape, a stoned trumpet masterpiece. Just listen.

I met Faisal Helwani, the man who produced Rekpete. He was involved in many other essential Ghanaian highlife, afro-rock, and afro-pop albums through the 60s, 70s and 80s. A sort of impresario back in the day, Helwani had brought Fela to Ghana for the first time. He promoted shows and organized tours in the region between Ghana and Nigeria.

Helwani had this sick nightclub in his house in the 70s called the Napoleon Club. Live shows featuring all kinds of bands, from traditional drum and dance groups to rockin’ psych-highlife, often went all night at this backyard club three blocks from the sea.

Today the nightclub is no more and the pillared balconies of the once grand home are literally crumbling, the coconut palms dying.



12 responses to “Masekela introducing Hedzoleh Soundz”

  1. dj earball says:

    Thanks for this track, and for your great blog, which I just discovered! Will add a link to it from my world music blog SoundRoots. Between you and Benn loxo du taccu, I’m finding a lot of new things and sounds to learn about African music. Cheers.

  2. matt says:

    The LP version of this is simply called Masekela – Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz. Recorded in Lagos in 1973 with the assistance of Fela Kuti.

  3. Yale says:

    Masakela mentions it in his interview this month in that world music magazine.

  4. Soul Cocina says:

    I love this album. I was lucky enough to find the LP version at Grooves in San Francisco. Not the famous Groove Merchant, but the more affordable Grooves record store on Market St.

    I didn’t realize that fela was in on the production. You can sure feel the Fela touch though.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hedzoleh changed my life in the mid 70s.They were in the SF BAy Area,several still are.There is a 2nd Masakela/ Hedzoleh collaboration recorded in the 90s. Also good.It’s really Masakela playing trumpet lines against what Hedzoleeh’s trademark groove. I could be wrong,I don’t think Fela produced,but just turned Hugh onto Hedzoleh.

  6. Anonymous says:

    the link is broken. it’s makes me sad:(
    can you repost it?

    much respect for your obsession .
    you bring a essentiell piece of my roots in my home.

    peace & love
    ratsirava

  7. Louis says:

    So sad, this is a dead link. Such a tease to see this and to not be able to hear.

  8. NickG says:

    I agree with Louis, would you be able to re-post this track please??

  9. thursdayborn says:

    thanks for all the nice comments!

    i will post the entire cassette asap!

  10. Anonymous says:

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  11. Tshepo says:

    Tshepo from RSA

    I am searching for an album by Lumumba called Ahomo Trofo

  12. Tupac says:

    Link doesn’t work,

    please help,

    Thank you!

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