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by Gordon Lari

Captivating and representative of an old soul that has transcended the genres as would have occurred in many lives and circumstances in the trenches of music.
Genre: Reggae: Dancehall
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Album Notes
Time in the Music Trenches

Born in Ghana, West Africa, he migrated to the US in 1996. Gordon joined the Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) program as a lead singer for the then World Bank sponsored Adult Education Program (AEP) band, Adehyeman. It was during the five-year role as singer of the band that Gordon developed an in-depth understanding of music composition and arrangement since he had the opportunity to sing numerous songs from different genres of international quality. It was also during these years that Gordon developed his own singing style and voice. Granted, he subsequently did not maintain these levels of practice over the next twenty years due to a change in environment and economic circumstances, crowned by his migration to the United States in 1996, the depth of style stayed with him. What today is known as a fantastic and exciting stage craft was perfected during Gordon’s tenure with the Adehyemen band in Ghana between 1991 and 1996. It was also during this important period during Gordon’s music talent development that his two daughters Lariba and Mariama were born. Gordon plays the African drum and is learning to play the guitar, a process he continues everlasting.

Music History and Influences

Gordon values his northern Ghanaian culture and roots. This is where and how he learned the intricate rhythms of the African drum and in addition, learned how to dance the various dances of the Bimoba tribe of which he is a member. Throughout his upbringing, school years and family interactions, Gordon grew to become familiar and understand the various traditional rhythms and dances of many of the indigenous tribes of Ghana. His exposure to modern music was early, having to do with the Ghanaian music his parents listened to. Prominent in this group were Ghanaian and Nigerian high life singers. Gordon was also influenced by Western European and American singers throughout his upbringing and later interactions with relevant influencing avenues like high school where he very much enjoyed the occasional weekend record dance entertainment sessions. In his later years as a student in high school, his main influences were Caribbean, significantly the reggae musicians of whom Eric Donaldson, Don Carlos, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Joseph Hill of culture fame are worth of mention among others. Lucky Dube, even though not of Caribbean origins, featured prominently among the reggae group of influences. Gordon listens to all forms of music but leans heavily on reggae, high-life, hip-hop and jazz in his influences. His blend of influences has culminated in his version of what may be considered Afro-Reggae-hip-hop.



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