Pat Thomas - Coming Home

Coming Home

Pat Thomas

Available Formats No. of Tracks   Price Buy
CD Double Album 23 tracks 10.99
12" Vinyl Triple Album 19 tracks 20.99
Download Album (mp3) 23 tracks 13.98
Download Album (wav) 23 tracks 13.98
Download individual tracks   From £0.79

Description

Pat Thomas - Coming Home

Ghanaian highlife master and “The Golden Voice Of Africa”, Pat Thomas, returns with his first full career retrospective on Strut this Autumn, covering his late ‘60s big band highlife recordings through to the “burger highlife” movement of the early ‘80s.

Growing up with music around him (“my uncle, King Onyina, was an important highlife musician”), Thomas was inspired to become a singer after hearing vocalist Joss Aikins: “He sang with Broadway Dance Band and Decca in Ghana chose him to sing with any group that came into their studios.”

When a new incarnation of Broadway Dance Band was created in ‘67, led by Ebo Taylor, Thomas received his first big break. “Ebo started to write new songs. I added the lyrics and sang them and it worked well.” The partnership with Taylor would become one of the enduring forces in Ghanaian music during the ‘70s, creating a fresh, progressive new highlife sound. They played with the Blue Monks band before, in 1974, forming Sweet Beans with the backing of Ghana’s Cocoa Marketing Board: “The album, ‘False Lover’, was the first under my own name and my first for Gapophone,” Pat reflects. “Reggae was “on” at that time - Jimmy Cliff was the guy - so I tried reggae fusions and brought in some soul.”

The album established Thomas across Ghana. Sweet Beans disbanded but the musicians stayed together as Marijata. “The guys initially used Jewel Ackah as their vocalist but they involved me and I re-vocalled the album. This became the ‘Pat Thomas Introduces Marijata’ LP. At that time, I would go to George Prah at Gapophone to ask for money and he would say, ‘if you want me to pay you, go and write a song!’ So, tracks like ‘Coming Home’ came about that way, written on the spot.” A second Marijata album followed before a damaging coup in Ghana in 1979. “Jerry Rawlings’ “house-cleaning” was designed to stop corruption but it seriously damaged our country’s music culture.”

Thomas left for Berlin and stayed true to his highlife roots, becoming the first Ghanaian to record highlife there. “In Ghana, people ex-pats living in Germany called themselves ‘burgers’, so the scene became ‘burger highlife’.” Thomas travelled to Togo and London, before settling in Canada: “I ended up there for ten years playing for universities, Ghanaian societies and festivals.”

Pat is now back with Kwashibu Area Band and touring worldwide: “Today, highlife has become the world's music and I am proud to still bring it to so many people.” ‘Coming Home’ is released on 2CD, 3LP and digital and features exclusive photos and a full interview with Pat Thomas.

Tracklisting

CD Double Album (STRUT147CD)
  1. Broadway Dance Band - Go Modern
  2. Ogyatanaa Show Band with Pat Thomas - Yaa Amponsah
  3. Pat Thomas & The Black Berets - Obra E Yebo Yi
  4. Pat Thomas & The Big '7' - Eye Colo
  5. Pat Thomas - Awurade Mpaebo
  6. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans - Merebre
  7. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans - Revolution
  8. Pat Thomas & Marijata - We Are Coming Home
  9. Pat Thomas & Marijata - Let's Think It Over
  10. Pat Thomas & Marijata - Brain Washing
  11. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans - Set Me Free
  12. Pat Thomas & Marijata - I Can Say
  13. Ebo Taylor feat. Pat Thomas - No Money No Love
  14. Ebo Taylor feat. Pat Thomas - Sack The Devils
  15. Pat Thomas & Ebo Taylor - Ma Huno
  16. Pat Thomas - Gyae Su
  17. Pat Thomas - Yamona
  18. Pat Thomas - Mewo Akoma
  19. Pat Thomas - Gyae Su
  20. Pat Thomas & Marijata - I Need More
  21. Super Sounds Namba - Who's Free
  22. Pat Thomas - Mpaebo
  23. Pat Thomas - Can't You See
12" Vinyl Triple Album (STRUT147LP)
  1. Ogyatanaa Show Band with Pat Thomas - Yaa Amponsah
  2. Pat Thomas & The Black Berets - Obra E Yebo Yi
  3. Pat Thomas & The Big '7' - Eye Colo
  4. Pat Thomas - Awurade Mpaebo
  5. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans - Merebre
  6. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans - Revolution
  7. Pat Thomas & Marijata - We Are Coming Home
  8. Pat Thomas & Marijata - Let's Think It Over
  9. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans - Set Me Free
  10. Ebo Taylor feat. Pat Thomas - No Money No Love
  11. Ebo Taylor feat. Pat Thomas - Sack The Devils
  12. Pat Thomas & Ebo Taylor - Ma Huno
  13. Pat Thomas - Gyae Su
  14. Pat Thomas - Mewo Akoma
  15. Pat Thomas - Gyae Su
  16. Pat Thomas - Yamona
  17. Pat Thomas & Marijata - I Need More
  18. Super Sounds Namba - Who's Free
  19. Pat Thomas - Mpaebo
Download Album (STRUT147D)
  1. Broadway Dance Band - Go Modern
  2. Ogyatanaa Show Band with Pat Thomas - Yaa Amponsah
  3. Pat Thomas & The Black Berets - Obra E Yebo Yi
  4. Pat Thomas & The Big '7' - Eye Colo
  5. Pat Thomas - Awurade Mpaebo
  6. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans - Merebre
  7. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans - Revolution
  8. Pat Thomas & Marijata - We Are Coming Home
  9. Pat Thomas & Marijata - Let's Think It Over
  10. Pat Thomas & Marijata - Brain Washing
  11. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans - Set Me Free
  12. Pat Thomas & Marijata - I Can Say
  13. Ebo Taylor feat. Pat Thomas - No Money No Love
  14. Ebo Taylor feat. Pat Thomas - Sack The Devils
  15. Pat Thomas & Ebo Taylor - Ma Huno
  16. Pat Thomas - Gyae Su
  17. Pat Thomas - Yamona
  18. Pat Thomas - Mewo Akoma
  19. Pat Thomas - Gyae Su
  20. Pat Thomas & Marijata - I Need More
  21. Super Sounds Namba - Who's Free
  22. Pat Thomas - Mpaebo
  23. Pat Thomas - Can't You See

mp3 downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Go Modern £0.79
2 Yaa Amponsah £0.79
3 Obra E Yebo Yi £0.79
4 Eye Colo £0.79
5 Awurade Mpaebo £0.79
6 Merebre £0.79
7 Revolution £0.79
8 We Are Coming Home £0.79
9 Let's Think It Over £0.79
10 Brain Washing £0.79
11 Set Me Free £0.79
12 I Can Say £0.79
13 No Money No Love £0.79
14 Sack The Devils £0.79
1 Ma Huno £0.79
2 Gyae Su £0.79
3 Yamona N/A N/A
4 Mewo Akoma N/A N/A
5 Gyae Su £0.79
6 I Need More £0.79
7 Who's Free £0.79
8 Mpaebo N/A N/A
9 Can't You See £0.79
Entire MP3 Download Album (23 tracks) £13.98
MP3 format technical details
These mp3 tracks have been encoded with LAME providing you with a very rich listening experience. No DRM or copy protection is built in to the mp3s.

wav downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Go Modern £0.79
2 Yaa Amponsah £0.79
3 Obra E Yebo Yi £0.79
4 Eye Colo £0.79
5 Awurade Mpaebo £0.79
6 Merebre £0.79
7 Revolution £0.79
8 We Are Coming Home £0.79
9 Let's Think It Over £0.79
10 Brain Washing £0.79
11 Set Me Free £0.79
12 I Can Say £0.79
13 No Money No Love £0.79
14 Sack The Devils £0.79
1 Ma Huno £0.79
2 Gyae Su £0.79
3 Yamona N/A N/A
4 Mewo Akoma N/A N/A
5 Gyae Su £0.79
6 I Need More £0.79
7 Who's Free £0.79
8 Mpaebo N/A N/A
9 Can't You See £0.79
Entire WAV Download Album (23 tracks) £13.98