Gyedu-Blay Ambolley & his Sekondi band

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley & his Sekondi band

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley is also known as the 'James Brown of Ghana'. With his full-fat afrofunk sound, which he called simigwa-do, he broke through in the Ghanaian music scene in 1973. His funky, jazzy, and soulful approach to highlife hit like a bomb. In the sixties, he played in the Uhuru Dance Band, and learned from Ebo Taylor, among others. He formed The Apagya Show Band with Taylor in 1974. We are now more than 40 years and 30 albums later and Ambolley is a living legend. It is not without reason that his music appears on many hip re-issues, from something more obscure like Afrodisiac to labels like Soundway and Analog Africa. At the beginning of 2019 he already visited Paradiso North with his first European tour, now he is back with his Sekondi Band for another evening full of groovy afro funk and highlife.

Tickets will follow soon.

Festival FAQ

Yes. After one online and one daytime festival, we are fully gearing up for a full ADE 2022 festival program!

The latest Dutch press conference mandates that clubs, venues and indoor events are forced to close between 00:00 and 06:00 CET. This means ADE is preparing to shift it's events to daytime. Over the coming days, the ADE team and the Amsterdam city council are examining the details of the new regulations for each type of event within the total ADE offering.

Also, all events need to have a COVID-health-check prior to the event.

If you are planning a stay in the Netherlands then be aware that you must follow the Dutch advice and rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please follow the advice of your government and check the Dutch guidelines before planning to travel.

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We dance together, so please be mindful of yourself and each other. We expect an open attitude from our visitors towards other guests, regardless of their origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion and age. If you see or experience any unwanted attention, harassment or behavior of any kind that makes you uncomfortable, please speak out and notify staff.

Please keep in mind: we love being your annual host, therefore, we would like to ask you to enjoy responsibly.

ADE is proud partner of the Celebrate Safe campaign.
Check out Unity's 10 tips to Celebrate Safe during ADE:

Prepare ♥ Be at your best

Just say Know ♥ Inform yourself

Pace yourself ♥ Take things slowly

Better safe than sorry ♥ Less is more

Think for yourself ♥ Care about others

Love your body ♥ Take time to recover

Have fun and Celebrate Safe!

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