Veteran guitarist Ebo Taylor reveals his all-time best musician
Legendary Ghanaian composer Ebo Taylor said the musician he most admires is Miles Dewey Davis III, an American trumpeter.
According to him, Miles Davis spoke like an African and had an appeal, and wanted to be seen as an African musician.
“I admire Miles Davis because he had an appeal as an African and he spoke like one. He also wanted to be seen as an African musician.
He made the reveal on GTV’s Breakfast Show on Friday, October 29, 2021.
The award-winning musician said if he had met Miles Davis he would have told him “you are my brother”. He went on to say that Miles Davis looks and behaves like his brother.
The legendary guitarist also revealed that during his active musical years, he didn’t consider anyone to be a competitor.
“I always felt that I was a maestro of African music,” he noted.
Ebo Taylor has become one of Ghana’s leading prolific musicians for more than six decades. making his signature Ghanaian highlife that has influenced a plethora of musicians, including Afrobeat’s father, Fela Kuti.
He has worked as a producer, making recordings for Pat Thomas, CK Mann and others, while exploring solo projects, combining traditional Ghanaian material with afrobeat, jazz and funk beats to create his own recognizable sound in the 1970s.
He was guitarist, arranger and producer for Essiebons, founded by Dick Essilfie-Bondzie.
Taylor’s music was sampled by international R&B artist Usher on his 2010 track “She Don’t Know”, with rapper Ludacris, and by Canadian hip-hop duo Ghetto Concept on their 1992 track “Certified” .
His influence can also be seen in the clubbier branch of Afrobeat, the afrobeats (with an “s”), which reached the international charts thanks to West African groups like Wizkid, who collaborated with artists such as Drake. and Major Lazer.
Below is the full interview;