A BAND NAMED BEDIIAKO is a band that I formed to become one of the first rock groups to come out of Africa. Every night, all of the band members would sit under the stars admiring Mother Nature.
One night a car pulled up in front of us, a stocky man got out of the car, walked up to me and said, “You must be Kristian Bediiako,” recognising me by the moustache I wore in those days. “If you are as good a musician as everyone says you are, then put music to this play I have written.” It was at this moment Dr. A. W. W. Tamakloe, affectionately known as “Uncle Joe,” one of the greatest Human Beings I have had the pleasure of knowing, came into my life and introduced me to the Talent Theatre Company.
He threw his script onto my lap, got into his car, and drove away. This was a period in my life never to be equalled and one of the most musically productive and best periods of my life.
All the music on this album, a fusion of classical and rock with African rhythms, is what I composed for the play JOGOLO written by Dr. A. W. W. Tamakloe of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon.
The music is dedicated to all the people I worked with during my years at Legon: UNCLE JOE, Dr William Anku, Dr. Ben-Abdallah, Asiedu Yirenkyi, Kofi Portuphy, Grace Omaboe, David Dontoh, Kofi Dovlo, Kwame Kadagoe, David Moffat, and all the actors and musicians of the Talent Theatre Company.
The greatest of thanks to all of you for making my life so worthwhile living. To all of you INFINITE LOVE, INFINITE PEACE, INFINITE LIGHT, INFINITE HEALTH, INFINITE WEALTH to eternity.
Thanks for helping me create a heaven (Home) on Mother Earth.
All songs composed by Kristian Bediiako.
All string parts arranged by Dr William Anku
Kristian Bediiako: Acoustic and electric guitars, lead vocals on track 5
Alex “Paa Kwesi” Arko: Bass guitar
Kwesi Asare: Percussion
Peter Wilkes: Violin
Ray Jarvis: Piano
Osei Kuffuor: Drums
Tony Mensah: Lead and backing vocals on track 4, backing vocals on 5
Afro Moses: Lead and backing vocals on track 4, backing vocals on track 5
Songs 1, 2, 6, 7, 10, 12 Recorded at Klogomotion Studios, Leatherhead
Engineers: Kevin Wright, Pete Kunstler
Executive Producer: Jochen “Jojo” Wolf
Songs 3, 4, 8, 9, Recorded at Ghana Film Studios, Accra
Engineers: F. Kwakye, K. Archer
Assistant Engineers: S. Quainoo, F. Manu
Producer: John Bediako
Song 11 recorded at 11th Dimension Studio, UK
Engineer and mixed: Kristian Bediiako
Mastering - Frankford Wayne
Mastering engineer - Duncan Stanbury
Album design - Richard Johnston – www.sketchworksdesign.com
Additional Artwork - Oliver Van Zwanenberg
All songs produced by Kristian Bediiako and John Bediako
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