May 7, 2015

E.K’s Band – Sankofa with ek’s
Ride Away

E.K's Band, front

E.K's Band, back

Hello, good morning. Today we’ve got something quite
rare, an album on the Ride Away label, don’t know from
what year. I better leave the information to those who
wrote the backsleeve lines. E.K. Nyame and his E.K’s
Band bring some of their oldest songs, re-recorded in
better sound quality, enjoy listening to them..


01 – Small boy nye me bia
02 – Onipa a oyee me mahu wo
03 – Maye maye minni aye
04 – To menna mu awurade
05 – Minni agya minni nna
06 – Amane a mahu
07 – Awurade iesu beba
08 – Boafo yena
09 – Onipa a ode nade
10 – Nokware asa
11 – Agya nyame ni wakyi
12 – Owuo busuoni


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  1. glinka21 7 May 2015 at 09:39 - Reply

    Thanks, Moos. Very generous, forthright vocal harmonies.

  2. Thomas 7 May 2015 at 13:21 - Reply

    Hello Moos!
    Decades ago I owned this album myself, purchased in 1976. Unfortunately my record-collection got lost later. I was very happy finding a possibility to download it about 3 years ago.
    As far as I know this Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 of Sankofa were published in 1975.
    E.K. Nyame is an important ‘developer’ of highlife. While others of the same periode blended western music with local tunes, he made a blend of guitar and palmwine, two traditional tunes, the influence of ‘foreign’ tones (Latin and Jazz) is very little.

    Best regards / Thomas

  3. Kwabena Boakye 8 May 2015 at 23:53 - Reply

    Always something to be thankful for … I appreciate it

  4. Tim 10 May 2015 at 18:03 - Reply

    A couple of years ago I picked up a selection of classical acetates from a gentleman who used to work for EMI back in the late 50’s/early 60s in the lot were a few different acetates, one being Ek’s Band – Dora (written on the label is Dora Eks Band Accra, language Twi.

  5. highplainsdrifter 17 August 2015 at 05:05 - Reply

    I am reading Sonny Oti’s book called Highlife Music in West Africa. It mentions EK’s Band and the song “Small Boy Nye Me Eia”. So happy that when I searched, Moos here. Of course I have known your site for many years, but am happy to circle back around again, to not only find this great album to fulfill my annotations to my reading, but also to see the great wealth of music you’ve been prvoiding at an astounding rate. You do a great service to THE WORLD for all you have brought us that many (most) of us would never get to hear. Thank you so much.

  6. Peter Amoah 23 June 2016 at 07:23 - Reply

    Nostalgic. Many thanks for your upload. Growing up in the ’60s and ’70s, I was treated to these melodic tunes, distinctive for the way Okine’s treble lyrics blended with the drawling tenor of EK’s and the throaty bass owned by the tallish bald-headed ” uncle John”. I fondly remember the release of “Onyame Beba” in 1966 and the mad rush it precipitated in sales.

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