August 9, 2015

African brothers International Band of Ghana
Take the Message, Jay Jay 1982

African Brothers, front

African Brothers Band

Goodmorning, it’s been a busy week with little activity
here at the GG. Today it’s sunday and finally a quiet day.
The record we have is one I had waiting for some time now.
It is one that’s got a centerhole which is not in the middle
of the vinyl. My turntable does not have a removable pin
so at first I didn’t know how to get it straight. Recently
someone gave me the idea of placing another mat on top
of the first one so the lp gets up a little higher. This way
we’re able to center the record and record it properly.

Let’s see, the African Brothers International Band of Ghana
always finds a happy listener and I’m sure today’s album
forms no exception in that perspective. It is from 1982
on Jay Jay Records. ‘Take the Message’ is it’s title but
I have no idea what the message is. If you understand
the lyrics, can you reveal please, we’d all be eternally
grateful so thanks in advance. What I do know is that
I love the music, no need to understand the language
to be able to enjoy it. Get and spread as usual..


01 – JJ
02 – Adu twumwam
03 – Kwaata
04 – Amammre

African Brothers, line up


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  1. Scotty 9 August 2015 at 12:34 - Reply

    Thanks for all the great uploads, amazing stuff!!

  2. cole 9 August 2015 at 14:45 - Reply

    Thank you Moos. I love the African Brothers. Can’t wait to hear this one. I’ve also had the problem of records with offset center holes. Especially Jamaican records. One trick I have used in the past is to bore out the center hole to make it a little bit larger. That way you can position the record on the turn table to achieve the correct center. It works very nice. Cheers. Cole

  3. glinka21 9 August 2015 at 16:27 - Reply

    Thanks once again, Moos!

  4. glinka21 10 August 2015 at 00:28 - Reply

    What Cole wrote. I always used to enlarge the hole using a pen or pencil on 78s or LPs, and tried centering for quality using the last minute or so (on an LP) of the album, where the wow would be worst.

  5. Goon 10 August 2015 at 04:54 - Reply

    The “message” appears to be that Ghanaians should work together to assist the then-dictator and future-president of Ghana, J.J. Rawlings (hence the title of the first track), clean up the corruption in the country. It stops just short of being straight up propaganda but it is still pretty awesome.

    • Moos 10 August 2015 at 07:38 - Reply

      thank you Goon, nice..

    • Heheh 7 October 2015 at 22:03 - Reply

      Now we know why the record isn’t centered, anti-propaganda activist at work :)

  6. mukhwasi 10 August 2015 at 06:32 - Reply

    I am still waiting for the Orphee Jazz album that has Ma Yolande

    • Moos 10 August 2015 at 07:39 - Reply

      so sorry, I don’t have that one..

  7. richard 10 August 2015 at 09:37 - Reply

    thank you, Moos, great to mention the tip to the world. As we all can see, some damage the record (and with their records it IS their right to do so), I am glad my tip works for you, and we can all enjoy the music in the correct sound.

    • Moos 10 August 2015 at 09:55 - Reply

      thanks again Richard..

  8. Kwabena Boakye 10 August 2015 at 12:15 - Reply

    There is never a dull moment here on the global groove and you can never go wrong with an African Brothers Band album … Thanks Moos

  9. Jillem 12 August 2015 at 15:02 - Reply

    Thank you for this wonderful treasure house of amazing music!

    • Moos 12 August 2015 at 15:03 - Reply

      Hey Jillem, de nada amigo..good to hear you

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