CD All for You [E.T. Mensah & Tempos Dance Band] (CD 1345728),
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All for You [E.T. Mensah & Tempos Dance Band]

  • 1. All for You
    2. Nkebo Baaya
    3. Wiadzi
    4. Munsuro
    5. Nkatie
    6. Odofo
    7. Agriculture
    8. Sunday Mirror
    9. Inflation Calypso
    10. John B. Calypso
    11. St. Peters Calypso
    12. Donkey Calypso
    13. Tea Samba
    14. Fom Fom
    15. Asembon Tie M'Ansem
    16. Essie Nana
    17. Don't Mind Your Wife
    18. Adainkua
    19. Bus Conductor
    20. Afi Fro Fro
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 01

  • Credits

    Author: E.T. Mensah.
    The first of two volumes of vintage E.T. Mensah material, All for You finds the master of Ghana's highlife music leading his Tempos Dance Band on 17 excellent cuts. The set include calypsos, sambas, and highlife numbers, culled from Mensah's most successful period during the '50s and '60s. Mensah doubles on trumpet and saxophone, leading his fine band of brass, saxophone, guitar, and percussion players through hits like "Donkey Calypso" and "Sunday Mirror" (this last number's reference to the London newspaper figures in with other imprints of British colonialism, namely the joys of drinking tea espoused on "Tea Samba"). While these and a few other cuts are sung in English, Mensah favors a variety of Ghanaian languages when at the microphone, including Twi, Fante, and Ga. Other song highlights include the topical "Inflation Calypso," breezy highlife cuts like "Odofo," the Caribbean traditional "John B. Calypso," and a handful of instrumentals; excellent saxophone and guitar solos abound, especially on the instrumentals. One of just a few Mensah compilations, All for You is essential listening for fans of West-African popular music. ~ Stephen Cook

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