His Excellency, Lt. Gen. Joseph Henry Smith (Rtd); Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States (US) has commended legendary Ghanaian musician Gyedu-Blay Ambolley for being one of the most authentic musicians to ever come out of Ghana.
Ambassador Smith said this at an event put together in honor of Ambolley when the musician paid a courtesy call on the embassy of Ghana in the US in June, 2016. The Ambassador said he has personally enjoyed Ambolley's music over the years, stressing that he admired him for continuing to entertain through the medium of music and making genuine Ghanaian music.
The music legend spent some time sharing the history of his musical journey with the embassy, taking photographs and signing autographs. He also responded to questions about his career.
In 1973 Ambolley released his first LP album titled ‘Simigwa’ on the Essiebons label in Ghana, he has since then gone on to release some 29 albums according to information on his personal website www.Ambolley.com
He told TheAfricanDream.net in an interview at the embassy that he was in the US to master his twenty-sixth studio album which was going to continue to display his vintage authenticity.
“It will have something on it for everyone because its eclectic nature will make it appealing to all who listen to it.” said Ambolley of his soon to be released twenty-sixth studio album.
Ambolley's US management led by Nathan Pryce, informs that a plan to take Ambolley's music to a global audience is in the works for 2017. Ambolley insists on extending the African rhythm as did Fela Kuti of Nigeria.
Watch Ambolley at Ghana Embassy in USA below
Ambolley who becomes a septuagenarian in 2017 said to TheAfricanDream.net at the embassy that he was really excited to see Ghana celebrate its anniversary that year as a nation when she turns 60 onMarch 6: “I hope to perform some of my music live at the embassy for the Ambassador, his staff, dignitaries and guests that will be in attendance.”
Source: Oral Ofori / TheAfricanDream.net
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Photo caption: His Excellency, Lt. Gen. Joseph Henry Smith (Rtd), Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States (middle) chats with Oral Ofori of TheAfricanDream.net (left) while legendary Ghanaian musician Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (right) looks on. Photo taken at the Ghana Embassy in Washington DC by Kwame Asante Ofori.