The annual Music In Africa Honorary Award is given to outstanding African musicians in recognition of the contributions they have made to their home country’s industry and that of Africa as a whole. Apart from releasing songs that have touched millions of people, these musicians have also made an enduring and profound difference in their communities.
Ebo Taylor, with a music career spanning more than six decades is a significant figure in Ghana’s music industry. He is known for playing a pivotal role in shaping HighLife groups the Stargazers and the Broadway Dance Band in the late 1950s. In 1962, He took his Black Star Band to London where he collaborated with legendary Afrobeat bandleader Fela Kuti and other African musicians.
aylor worked as a producer, crafting recordings for Pat Thomas, C.K. Mann, and others, as well as exploring solo projects, combining traditional Ghanaian material with afrobeat, jazz, and funk rhythms to create his own recognizable sound in the ’70s.
Bibie Brew, a daughter of a Ghanaian traveling diplomat, earned success following release of her French song ‘Tout Doucement’ in 1985. The song was certified gold and climbed to second place on the French charts. Bibie is a music mentor and an advocate for positive change in the creative sector.
Music In Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES), took place on 28, 29 and 30 November 2019.
ACCES is the leading pan-African music business event organised by the Music In Africa Foundation in a different African city every year. This year’s robust programme featured an exciting roster of musicians and industry experts from all corners of the globe. Global superstar Akon was one of the leading speakers at this year’s event. The five-time Grammy nominee joined a star-studded line-up that included top Ghanaian musicians and experts such as Sarkodie, Efya, Samini, Kyekyeku, John Collins, Ebo Taylor, Bibie Brew andWanlov the Kubolor.
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Photo credit to Paul Addo