Afoka Akoussah 's/t' LP
Pre-order. Due 25th January.The album moves through uptempo afro-folk-funk on ‘Tango’ to deep ballads
of ‘Ramer Sans Rame’ and ‘I Tcho Tchass’ and lighter moments on ‘G Blem Di’ and ‘Mitso Aseye’. Akofas exceptional songs and soaring vocals are decorated with percussion, guitar lines, subtle backing vocals and horns to create a unique, rich sonic.
The album was recorded for release by French label Sonafric in 1976. Produced by Gerard Akueson; founder & owner of African record label, ‘Akue’, based in Paris.
Music was truly in the blood of Julie Akofa Akoussah. She began singing at
the age of three, inspired and led by her mother and older sister and became
principal soloist in her school choir, St. Peter & Paul Choir of our Immaculate
Conception Parish of Nyekonakpo, at the age of 8. From there her career
blossomed, and singing often took precedence over her studies. In order to
master her art she spent time studying and working closely with local groups
including Melo Togo, Rocka Mambo, Rio Romamcero, Ok Fiesta, Eryco Jazz,
Afro Cubano, Los Muchacho, Elegance Jazz and Togo Star amongst others.
In her own words: “Luck opened the door in January 1966 where I had the
honour of being selected to share the stage with Bella Below - one of the best voices of Africa - at the 1st ‘Negro Arts Festival’ in Dakar. On my return, I was approached by Ambroise Ouyi, the highly respected singer & poet, and we wrote ‘Tu Ne M’Ecris Plus’, my very first opus.”
The popularity of her work led to an increased exposure for Togolese music
outside of the country, in neighbouring Ghana and Benin most notably. During her career she collaborated and performed with greats including Manou Djibango, Queen Pelagie, Abeti Massikini, Aycha Kone and Myriam Makeba. Akoussah was also dedicated to, and widely recognised for, her work for social causes, championing and nurturing young musical talent, and the fight against AIDS. She was president of the National Union of Artists Musicians of Togo (UNAM) before sadly passing away in April 2007 after a long illness, at the age of 57.
Catalogue number: MRBLP174
Label: Mr Bongo