On Monday, Soundway Records release ’24 Hours In A Disco 1972 -82′ an album featuring 7 cuts of relentless disco grooves from the sublimely gifted Kiki Gyan. Although a high school drop out with a rough upbringing, this Ghanaian kid would soon rise to the ranks of being Africa’s answer to Stevie Wonder. By the age of 21 he had toured the world, played in front of the Queen of England at Buckingham palace and was ranked eighth in a poll of the greatest keyboardists in the world. However, he released a string of highly ambitious solo records that were just a bit too ahead of their time and after getting in with the wrong crowds, he quickly fell into obscurity.
After his death in 2005, his music needs to be heard by a new generation. Soundway Records have done another remarkable job of bringing some spot light to a fallen African superstar – putting together his best work as a solo artist which is a surprisingly modern and soulful listen.
‘Disco Dancer’ is a track that will get you moving and grooving for the weekend – it is hard to imagine it was written and performed by a young almost unknown Ghanaian in 1970’s: