Gyedu Blay-Ambolley
Gyedu Blay-Ambolley

Gyedu Blay-Ambolley; Ghanaian musician and a composer of classic traditional Ghanaian highlife music genre arrived in the United States of America (USA) during the last week of May 2016. The musician’s visit is as part of plans to prepare for his re-entry into the American music scene which will see him push hard and promote very authentic highlife music starting with a June 4, 2016 show.

Gyedu Blay-Ambolley
Gyedu Blay-Ambolley
Gyedu Blay-Ambolley who is known for starting the ‘Simigwa’ genre of Ghanaian highlife music said in an interview with in the USA that “this show is for my fans in the USA that have always been very supportive of my work, not just those within the Diaspora but also non Africans as well who appreciate good ‘Simigwa’ and highlife music from Ghana and across Africa.”

The venue of the June 4 show will be ‘The African Palace’ located at North Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg, Maryland. According to Gyedu Blay-Ambolley “this venue is strategically chosen for its name and to draw fans from the states of Virginia, Maryland and the American capital of Washington DC. ‘The African Palace’ is one of the new African live music restaurants which greatly suit my purpose.”
Gyedu Blay-Ambolley and his passion for Highlife

The multi-instumentalist continues to emphasize: “I am very passionate about the propagation of highlife music in the world. Ghanaian musicians like Rocky Dawuni, Shatta Wale and Sarkodie among many others have done a great job at selling their versions of the Reggae, Dancehall and Hiphop genres respectively to the world. Now however, we need to do more to sell the authentic Ghanaian traditional highlife music too. It is essential that we promote our culture through music.”

“Our generation has not done enough to promote Highlife music, but let me say kudos to all those artistes in Ghana still doing Highlife and helping to spread it and make it what we all want to see it become. I personally think efforts in that direction need to be beefed up though, and my show in Maryland USA on June 4, 2016 will just be a small beginning towards achieving more goals.”

According to statements Gyedu Blay-Ambolley made to, his team is collaborating with others who are equally passionate about highlife to produce documentaries, more live shows and educational events in the USA and outside Ghana featuring classic Ghanaian performers of the genre and basically informing the world of Highlife in an effort to make it a globally recognizable genre.

Tickets for Blay-Ambolley’s June 4 show which promises a night of Highlife, Hiplife and Afro Jazz music is being sold online for $18.50 could also be purchased at ‘The African Palace’ for $20.00. The last performance in the USA by Ambolley who turns 70 in 2017 was over half a decade ago. Find out more about him on his website

Source: Oral Ofori /


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