Gyedu-Blay Ambolley - performing Simigwa in its entirety

Fri Aug 9 2024

9:00 PM (Doors 8:00 PM)

Music Box

1337 India Street San Diego, CA 92101

$30.00

Ages 21+

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Gyedu-Blay Ambolley - performing Simigwa in its entirety

  • Gyedu-Blay Ambolley

    Gyedu-Blay Ambolley

    Afro-Pop

    Gyedu Blay Ambolley is a musical luminary hailing from Ghana, West Africa, with a staggering 29 albums under his belt. Known affectionately as the "Simigwa Do Man,” Ambolley’s musical journey began in the vibrant port city of Sekondi-Takoradi, in the Western Region of Ghana. His early fascination with music blossomed into a lifelong passion. From mastering his father’s flute at the tender age of eight, to honing his guitar skills under the mentorship of “Uncle Bonku”, Sammy Lartey and Ebo Taylor, Ambolley’s musical odyssey has been nothing short of extraordinary.  This all led to Ambolley becoming a musical life force and exploding on the scene in 1973 with a jazzy highlife sound called 'SIMIGWA-DO'.  His name has become synonymous with Simigwa music and dance.

     

    Coming of age amidst the zenith of Ghana’s highlife era, Ambolley emerged as a pivotal figure in its evolution, lending his talents to esteemed bands such as Houghas Extraordinaires, Meridians Of Tema and Ghana Broadcasting Band. It was during this time that he caught the attention of his compatriot and friend, Ebo Taylor, who recruited Ambolley to be a member of the Uhuru Dance Band. This all lead to a transformative journey to Nigeria in 1973, where they shared the stage with the legendary Fela Kuti at his renowned Shrine venue. 

     

    1975 Debut Album Simigwa: 

    Gyedu Blay Ambolley’s groundbreaking debut solo album, released in 1975, stands as a cornerstone of Ghanaian music history - with one of the most iconic album covers! Simigwa stands as Ambolley’s magnum opus, a masterpiece fusing together the rich tapestry of highlife, afrobeat, folk and funk. The album is a true testament to Ambolley’s unparalleled artistry written and produced in collaboration with the legend Ebo Taylor.

     

    Ambolley not only embraces his musical roots but also pioneers the fusion of Ghanaian highlife with soul and funk influences from across the Atlantic. With Simigwa, Ambolley seized the opportunity to showcase his own musical prowess and embark on a journey of experimentation. A main inspiration for this album was the work of the mighty Mr. James Brown, something that is evident from the rhythm section, horns, vocal stabs and percussion breaks throughout the record.

     

    Performance: 

    For the first time in the US, Gyedu Blay Ambolley will be performing his 1975 debut album in its entirety! Bringing his 8 piece band from Ghana, they will perform the pioneering masterpiece Simigwa

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Belly Up Presents

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley - performing Simigwa in its entirety

Fri Aug 9 2024 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:00 PM)

Music Box San Diego CA
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley - performing Simigwa in its entirety

$30.00 Ages 21+

Not on the e-mail list for Presales? CLICK HERE to become a Music Box Insider and you will never miss a chance to grab tickets before they go on sale to the general public again!

Ticket Price: $30 advanced standing / $35 day of show standing

PARKING: Street parking and paid lot parking available.

TABLE RESERVATION / VIP: vip@musicboxsd.com / (619) 836-1847

STALK US: Twitter + Instagram: @MusicBoxSD | facebook.com/MusicBoxSD | MusicBoxSD.com | Music Box (619) 795-1337.

BOX OFFICE HOURS Monday - Friday 11:00am - 4:00pm

MUSIC BOX IS STANDING ROOM ONLY UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED
NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES ON TICKETS ONCE PURCHASED
ALL TIMES AND SUPPORTING ACTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley

Afro-Pop

Gyedu Blay Ambolley is a musical luminary hailing from Ghana, West Africa, with a staggering 29 albums under his belt. Known affectionately as the "Simigwa Do Man,” Ambolley’s musical journey began in the vibrant port city of Sekondi-Takoradi, in the Western Region of Ghana. His early fascination with music blossomed into a lifelong passion. From mastering his father’s flute at the tender age of eight, to honing his guitar skills under the mentorship of “Uncle Bonku”, Sammy Lartey and Ebo Taylor, Ambolley’s musical odyssey has been nothing short of extraordinary.  This all led to Ambolley becoming a musical life force and exploding on the scene in 1973 with a jazzy highlife sound called 'SIMIGWA-DO'.  His name has become synonymous with Simigwa music and dance.

 

Coming of age amidst the zenith of Ghana’s highlife era, Ambolley emerged as a pivotal figure in its evolution, lending his talents to esteemed bands such as Houghas Extraordinaires, Meridians Of Tema and Ghana Broadcasting Band. It was during this time that he caught the attention of his compatriot and friend, Ebo Taylor, who recruited Ambolley to be a member of the Uhuru Dance Band. This all lead to a transformative journey to Nigeria in 1973, where they shared the stage with the legendary Fela Kuti at his renowned Shrine venue. 

 

1975 Debut Album Simigwa: 

Gyedu Blay Ambolley’s groundbreaking debut solo album, released in 1975, stands as a cornerstone of Ghanaian music history - with one of the most iconic album covers! Simigwa stands as Ambolley’s magnum opus, a masterpiece fusing together the rich tapestry of highlife, afrobeat, folk and funk. The album is a true testament to Ambolley’s unparalleled artistry written and produced in collaboration with the legend Ebo Taylor.

 

Ambolley not only embraces his musical roots but also pioneers the fusion of Ghanaian highlife with soul and funk influences from across the Atlantic. With Simigwa, Ambolley seized the opportunity to showcase his own musical prowess and embark on a journey of experimentation. A main inspiration for this album was the work of the mighty Mr. James Brown, something that is evident from the rhythm section, horns, vocal stabs and percussion breaks throughout the record.

 

Performance: 

For the first time in the US, Gyedu Blay Ambolley will be performing his 1975 debut album in its entirety! Bringing his 8 piece band from Ghana, they will perform the pioneering masterpiece Simigwa

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Ages 21+
limit 8 per person
General Admission Standing
Advance General Admission
$30.00

Delivery Method

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Will Call

Terms & Conditions

This event is 21 and over. Any ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 21 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund. Sign up to receive Music Box and Belly Up announcements and promotions. You may unsubscribe at any time