Welcome to the Highlifeturntable. The purpose of this blog is to provide a way for people to listen to rare highlife music from Ghana and Nigeria. I plan to post tracks from my private collection along with a little commentary on what I know about the artist and what I like about the LP.

Monday, July 11, 2011

T.O Jazz Band led by T.O. Ampomah

For the next selection on the highlife turntable, I have selected the track Maye Mbobo by the T.O. Jazz Band off the Ride Away release Yeno Waa Waa.   I've written about T.O. Jazz before.  I like this song as it is a solid example of what made his work in the late 70's so great: pitch perfect vocal harmonization backed by a rock solid rhythm section.  Check out the beautiful dialogue the vocalists create as they solo and come together through out the song.

Does anyone know what the word Mbobo means?  I think it means something like the word sympathy, but I'd be interested to know for sure.  About my only compliant is the song isn't long enough.   The lead vocalist is a woman named Adjoa Badu.  I hope you like it.


  1. Michael, you are right - the track is too short, however the fact that the file loops does somewhat correct the problem

  2. always great to hear a Thomas Osei Ampoumah, thx