Pat Thomas & Ebo Taylor

Sweeter Than Honey, Calypso "Mahuno" And High Lifes Celebration

Release Notes
  • Highly original mix of reggae, funk, calypso and ska
  • For fans of Mixed Grill, Akwassa, Assagai, Geraldo Pino, Fela Kuti, Kiki Gian, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Skatalites
  • Pat Thomas and Ebo Taylor can be called the „Jagger & Richards“ of Nigerian music
  • Filled to the last groove with catchy reggae anthems
  • An original affair for fans of groovy black music
  • Excellent sound and performance by high class professional musicians
  • First ever rerelease on vinyl and CD
  • Fully licensed
  • Remastered audio
  • LP housed in a superheavy 430g art carton cover
  • CD housed in a rock solid jewel case
  • Ultimate collectors item for fans of classic reggae and ska from Nigeria

Pat Thomas and Ebo Taylor are the Jagger and Richards of Nigerian Highlife. Drawn together by a mutual love of the genre – and an equally intense desire to stop it becoming moribund and bereft of ideas – Ghana’s two most progressive musicians added a western twist to this traditional form of African music and gave it relevance again. It was by no means a continuous process. Pat Thomas and Ebo Taylor first came together in 1966. Over the decades they’d venture off to play in different bands and even different countries. Periodically they’d get back together and implement the new ideas and skills they’d developed. In 1980, they met up in London and recorded Sweeter Than Honey, Calypso Mahuno. Composed and arranged by Taylor, burnished by Pat Thomas’s honeyed vocals, the album is a mix of highlife, calypso, funk, jazz, soul and pop. From the title track to ‘Ma Huno’, the album’s undisputed highlight, the ambition – and musicianship – is breathtaking. Sweeter Than Honey, Calypso Mahuno is arguably the purest example of this extraordinary musical partnership. And what Highlife, unshackled, can be. – Peter Moore