January 21, 2015

Tops Vis a Vis – Kalabule
Brobisco 1979

Vis a Vis, front

Vis a Vis, backsleeve detail

It’s Vis a Vis again in a different mood altogether.
This album of the group will ensure fans that they
were truely the creaters ‘Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu’.
Now, all the songs on this album were written,
arranged and directed by Sammy Cropper, the
lead guitarist and assistant leader of the group.
And to know the hands on this album, let’s start
from the leader who is the person of superstar.”
( backsleeve notes )

This lp is from 1979 on Brobisco, it has been played
a lot and sounds a little dusty. The backsleeve speaks
of only two tracks but the lp’s label gives us one title
on the a-side and three on the b-side. Love the rhythms
on track #4 myself, give it a spin and
see what you think..


1 Kalabule
2 Mensu
3 Enkobesie
4 Mankra yie


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  1. kwabena boakye 21 January 2015 at 12:45 - Reply

    Amazing….simply amazing!… this group vis-a-vis is almost the same as the cubano fiestas that made hits with K. Frimpong… Sammy Red Cooper is a legend on the guitar… one of the finest from Ghana on the rhythm or lead guitar… he also featured on various songs for artistes such as Kumapim Royals band’s song “Adie yi wo pe daa”, powerful believers “anoma antu aa” etc…. If I had a chance to create a dream team of Ghanaian highlife band, Baffour Kyei will be the lead vocalist, Maringe from Alex Konadu’s band will be on Bass, Sammy cropper and Collins Marfo will be on rhythm/lead guitar… the rest can vary… it will be nice to know what others on this blog will prefer for a dreamteam band

  2. glinka21 21 January 2015 at 19:11 - Reply

    Much enjoyed, Moos. I wouldn’t dream of suggesting a dream team in Ghanaian highlife, given my only basic knowledge of the musicians, but I greatly enjoyed the very few Vis a Vis albums I’ve found online. Thanks for adding to these!

  3. esibo 22 January 2015 at 01:59 - Reply

    Damn! where do you get all these Ghanaian highlife albums? Unbelievable.

  4. Alexsam 23 January 2015 at 14:51 - Reply

    Very good album, thanks Moos. The quality isn’t too bad too, I expected worse due to your warning of it being dusty. If only this stuff was reissued on CD or lossless files. Unfortunately these “Afrofunk” and Afrobeat collecters have been driving the prices of vinyl up everywhere. Thanks.

  5. Thomshow 26 January 2015 at 12:15 - Reply

    Love this one Moos,
    Great sunny day sounds. You are right, those rhythms on track four just get the old half-step-toodeloo going strong. Love that Tommy Boziz’s experimenting with the squidge buttons of is synth on Track One, too.
    This one will be getting plenty of plays from me – as it has from its original owner. And too right too (on the original owner’s part)!

  6. Mike D. 4 March 2015 at 05:07 - Reply

    Whoa, shocked to see this one posted! Nice find. Another old favorite of mine.

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