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Homowo – Basa Basa

Contributed by Edgar Walthert on Jul 4th, 2019. Artwork published in
circa February 2018
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    Homowo – Basa Basa 1
    Photo: Edgar Walthert. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Reissue for the new Amsterdam based label Vintage Voudou.

    One of Ghana’s most sought-after LPs emerges from obscurity on high quality reissue. First released in Nigeria in 1979, this LP is a unique collaboration with Themba ‘T-fire’ Matebese, who propelled Basa Basa’s sound – inspired by Ghanaian traditional music, soul and afrobeat – into another dimension, adding disco elements, synthesizers and the production aesthetics of the next decade. Contains extensive liner notes and a 60×60 cm poster of the cover art.

    Rather than using the original cover from 1979’s Together We Win, the label decided to go for the Dutch release from 1983 featuring the iconic illustration of one of the band members’ wive, Susan E. St. George, complete with the title in all-caps Marvin. All text except of HOMOWO is re-set in two versions of Futura. As in the original, the display sizes use URW’s Futura No. 2, while the text is set in Bitstream’s BT Futura that provides better readable proportions in the lowercase letters.

    Production by Edo Bouman, research and liner notes by Thomas Gesthuizen aka DJ Gioumanne.

    Homowo – Basa Basa 2
    Photo: Edgar Walthert. License: All Rights Reserved.
    Homowo – Basa Basa 3
    Photo: Edgar Walthert. License: All Rights Reserved.

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