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How the journey began!!!

Eight years old Gyedu-Blay Ambolley in Takoradi

The Legendary Gyedu Blay Ambolley from Ghana, West Africa has 31 albums to his credit. His 30th album was released in May 2017 by Agogo Records in Germany and having lots of wonderful reviews across board.  Ambolley, affectionately known as the "Simigwa Do Man", was born in the port city of Sekondi-Takoradi, in the Western Region of Ghana, West Africa. The multi-talented, International, Ghanaian Musician celebrated his "Silver Jubilee" in music in 1998.  Ambolley's early years of musical interest dates back to the age of eight, when he began playing with his father's flute until he was able to teach himself how to play. His formal musical training came at the age of fourteen under the apprenticeship of "Uncle Bonku" who taught him the guitar. The young music enthusiast continued to learn the rudiments of music from the late' Sammy Lartey.  This versatile, irrepressible singer, songwriter, producer and "musical-life-force" exploded on the music scene since 1973 with a jazzy highlife sounds called 'SIMIGWA-DO'.

Achievements

Prestigious Awards won 

Ambolley has received numerous prestigeous accolades/awards. Installed by Nana Kobina Nketsia of Essikado, Sekondi as Nana Gyedu Blay Ambolley, King of Simigwa music in Sekondi in the Western Region of Ghana. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award - Ghana Music Awards by Vodaphone 2013.  In 2006, Gubernatorial Recognition Award from the Governor of California as well as an award from the Mayor of California, Board of Supervisors and the City Council of the State of California.  He also received a "Congressional Recognition Award' from the United States Congress.   Additionally he received a Congressional,Gubernatorial Certificate of Special Recognition by Congresswoman Juanita Millinder McDonald. 

Best World Beat Recombinant Artists"-2003

Bliss of 2003

In October of 2003 Ambolley was prestigiously recognized for his commitment to his musical craft with a "Lifetime Achievement Musical Award" and then Inducted into the "Jazz at Drew Music Hall of Fame" at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, CA.   Also L.A.Weekly nominated Ambolley for "Best World Beat Recombinant Artists"-2003.  It has been said that "the genre on Ambolley's music in entertainingly elevating and spiritually inescapable, such that its uniqueness transcends all musical categories.  He has performed on the same stage with some of the world’s most celebrated artistes such as; the late Miriam Makeba of South Afrika, the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti of Nigeria, the late George Howard,Angela Bofill, Norman Connors, Manu DeBango, Lakeside, Chikuzan Takahashi of Japan, Ricardo Estrada of Cuba, Mayuto Correa of Brazil and toured Ghana with Oscar Brashear and Michael Session.

Interviews

Rebel Up interviews the king of SIMIGWA rap music

This morning had a video interview session for Tracks music programme of ARTE TV with Ghanaian highlife musician Gyedu-Blay Ambolley at Seymour Kassel Records with Karolien Polenus. Talking about Ghanaian & Nigerian highlife via old records from the Seymour Kassel & my personal collection. Was real sweet experience meeting his great kind man. Gyedu-Blay recognised a lot of his friends, old band members and colleagues on the covers and had quite some anecdotes to share with us. Bless! > and check out the man's live show if he comes to your town this week!

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley and his Sekondi Band