Rebop Kwaku Baah

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Rebop Kwaku Baah
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Baah performing with Traffic in 1973, Musikhalle Hamburg
Background information
Born (1944-02-13)13 February 1944
Konongo, Ghana
Died 12 January 1983(1983-01-12) (aged 38)
Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Rock and roll, Jazz fusion, Jazz
Occupations Musician
Instruments Drums, conga drums, percussion
Associated acts Traffic, Can, Zahara

Anthony "Rebop" Kwaku Baah[1] (13 February 1944 – 12 January 1983) was a Ghanaian percussionist perhaps best known for working with the 1970s rock groups Traffic and Can.

Biography[edit]

Rebop was born on 13 February 1944,[2] in Konongo, Ghana.[3] He died on 12 January 1983.[4]

In 1969, Rebop performed on Randy Weston's album African Rhythms. Following that, he played in the English band Traffic from 1971 to 1974, having met them in Sweden during a tour in 1971. He appeared on the albums Welcome to the Canteen, The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory, On the Road and When the Eagle Flies.

In 1973 he played in Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert along with Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Rick Grech, Jim Capaldi, Ronnie Wood, Jimmy Karstein, and Steve Winwood.

After Traffic disbanded, he played on Steve Winwood’s self-titled debut solo album, which was released in 1977. Also in 1977, he joined the German band Can along with former Traffic bassist Rosko Gee, playing with them until their breakup in 1979, appearing on the albums Saw Delight, Out of Reach and Can.

In 1983 he recorded an album with Zahara, a group with several notable members including Paul Delph (keyboards), Bryson Graham (drums), Rosko Gee (bass).[5]

Rebop died of a cerebral hemorrhage during a performance in Sweden in 1983 (he had originally gone there as part of Jimmy Cliff's touring band). His final album, Melodies in a Jungle Mans Head, was released in its unfinished state.[6]

Rebop is not to be confused with Nigerian drummer Remi Kabaka. Reebop and Remi both appear on Jim Capaldi's 1975 album Short Cut Draw Blood making completely different contributions in regards to percussion. They also both performed with Steve Winwood at different times (Reebop as a member of Traffic, Remi in a short-lived unit called Third World with fellow Nigerian Abdul Lasisi "Loughty" Amao).

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • 1972 Reebop
  • 1973 Anthony Reebop Kwaku Baah (1973)
  • 1977 Trance (1977)
  • 1983 Melodies in a Jungle Mans Head (1983)

With Traffic[edit]

With Can[edit]

With Others[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spelling variations include "Reebop" and "Kwakubaah"
  2. ^ Steve Winwood fan site
  3. ^ AOL Music
  4. ^ Bitter Suite Band
  5. ^ Personnel
  6. ^ Allmusic

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