Ebo Taylor has been a pivotal figure on the Ghanaian music scene for over six decades. In the late 1950s he was active in the influential highlife bands the Stargazers and the Broadway Dance Band. In 1962, Taylor took his group, the Black Star Highlife Band, to London. In London, Taylor collaborated with Nigerian afrobeat star Fela Kuti as well as other African musicians in Britain at the time. Returning to Ghana, Taylor worked as a producer (…).
Ebo recorded a two handfuls of solo albums between the mid-1970s / mid-1980s and this release sits somewhere in the middle, released in 1980 by record label Essiebons. Conflict / Nkru! was recorded with Uhuru Yenzu, who recorded more albums with Taylor. On his own Bandcamp page, the album title is simply Conflict. Maybe “Nkru!” is a local translation of the title? If you happen to know this, please leave a comment below!
The cover art was designed by Big Jerry, who provided album art for more Ghanese artists at the time. “Conflict” is set in Tonal. Every character of this rub-down lettering typeface consists of a box and a glyph with a halftone gradient, allowing designers to set the type in a band. In this case the designer spaced the caps loosely. The background pattern was partially (L, I) or completely (C, O) removed. The other display typeface is Premier Shaded. On the back cover, information is set inTimes Bold.