Isaac Birituro & The Rail Abandon combine with “African lioness” Wiyaala for the first time since last year’s BBC 6 Music playlisted “Senye”, on this, the first track to be taken from a collaborative seven track EP available in July on 10″ vinyl!


“Hado Deeli” is the first single to be taken from the forthcoming “Kontonbili EP” by Ghanaian – UK outfit Isaac Birituro & The Rail Abandon. Following on from the successes of their first two LPs, “Kalba” and “Small Small”, the transcontinental group return with the first song to be taken from a seven track EP that traces the traditional West African roots of their sound whilst adding their unique touch, largely courtesy of Isaac’s xylophone, Sonny Johns’ folky embellishments and the vocal prowess of powerful Ghanaian songstress Wiyaala.

The title “Hado Deeli” roughly translates to “My Rival” and is a vibrant discussion between two rivals, one of whom is always making a fuss about anything and everything, even when things are all good! The kind of person that makes a habit of pointing out the negative side of everything he or she (in this case) is given to do.

With a strong fanbase in Ghana and beyond, Wiyaala made her mark on Wah Wah 45s and BBC 6 Music last year when she featured on the A-listed “Senye”, described as “perfection” by Annie Mac and “pure joy!” by Tash LC.

The “Kontonbili EP” is set for release on July 28th. Artwork comes courtesy of Animisiewasz.

Reactions & Radio Play

Radio play from Don Letts (BBC 6 Music), Tom Ravenscroft & Deb Grant (BBC 6 Music), Debbie Golt (Resonance FM), John Warr (Afrobase, Totally Radio, UK)

“New on the mighty Wah Wah 45s label!” Deb Grant & Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6 Music, New Music Fix)

“Super nice.” Thristian (Global Roots, Rinse FM / Worldwide FM, UK)

“Perfect!!” Kengo Oshima (Cuban Brothers / Soho Radio / 4 To The Floor, UK)

“I love Issac Birituro and the Rail Abandon AND Wiyaala This is an interesting progression for both – very understated after their Senye collaboration tho not untypical for AB & RA and quite a change for Wiyaala . It’s so lovely that she is allowing herself this different range … and very fine within this fabulous reuniting. The music allows for both space and focus and is beautiful. Fabulous full stop!” Debbie Golt (Resonance FM, UK)

“Nice!” Tamar Osborn (Soho Radio, UK)

“I love this tune!” Rustam Ospanoff (Jazzystan, NYC, USA)

“Wicked afro boogie!” Raj Selli (Solar Radio, UK)

“Wonderful melody, beautiful harmonies, delightful song.” DJ Osric (RTR FM, Australia)

“Larvely stuff as always.” Bean Noodler (Soul Buggin’, UK)

“Very much looking forward to the EP!!” Mate Bro (Radio Agora, Austria)

“Great vibes!” DJ Kobayashi (Soho Radio / Batov Records, UK)

“On air!!” Olgierd (Sofa Surfing, Poland)

“Good to see the return of Wyaala on this vibrant track. The EP has Isaac’s xylophone upfront in a more gentle approach and is already on our Juno radio chart.” John Warr (Radio Reverb, UK)

“Nice one!” Eric Tchaikovsky (Night Light Radio, Ukraine)

“Nice vibe.” Steve KIW (1BTN, UK)

“Always a fan!!!” Veronique Prebolin (Radio Krim, France)

“Love it.” Bob Hill (Illicit Grooves, UK)

“Beautifully hypnotic tunes, and love the vocals.” Peter McLennan (Base FM, New Zealand)

“Quality tune!!!” Mark Bailey (Radio Corax, Germany)

“Nice!” Nicole Finnerty (Kane FM, Ireland)

“A ray of sunshine.” Mr Lob (Various, Australia)

“Super nice.” Karsten John (Vinyl Vibes, Germany)

“Great!” Peter hardy (BBC 6 Music, UK)

“Very nice.” Rado Tomek (NU Spirit Club, Slovakia)

“Good groove. Look forward to more tracks.” Marky Mark Johnson (1BTN, UK)

“Maintains Isaac’s high quality output and Wiyaala is a natural fit.” Derek Rath (Radio KPFK, USA)

“Followers of Isaac Birituro & The Rail Abandon will recall that they had a track on thier ‘Small Small’ album called ‘Senye’ that featured Wiyaala. As it was so successful, it was only a matter of time before we had more. And this EP is lots more. The “Ghanaian songstress” is so expressive with her vocals, she is a perfect match for Isaac’s xylophone and Sonny John’s “Afrolktronica” (a healthy mix of folk, highlife and soul).” Gerry Hectic (You And The Music, UK)

“Sweeeet.” Olivier Cavaller (De La Bonne Musique, France)

“WICKED!!!!” Mr Shivver (Various, UK)

“Nice one.” Tjerk (Armada Music, The Netherlands)

“Nice one!” Junior (Record Breakin’, USA)

“Superb – love it.” Jon Brent (Dusk Dubs, UK)

“Beautiful music!” Sven Thomschke (Radio Z, Germany)

“Beautiful and un-adulterated afro beats! Perfection!” Herma Puma (Various, UK)

“Nice track.” Robert Lochmann (Radio X, Germany)

“Great stuff – will play.” DJ Lamp (Coalition, UK)

“Amazing release, thanks!” Enrique Domenech (Freeform Podcasts, Ibiza, Spain)

“Wiyaala is inarguably an African star in the making, her vocal is forceful, powerful, musical, containing a soul-softness and gentleness which some of her more famous sisters don’t seem to achieve. More reminiscent of Makeba than Kidjo. Isaac Birituuro & The Rail Abandon are a musical phenomenon about whom I’ve waxed lyrical previously, suffice to say (again) that I’ll be mourning their absence when we go up to DJ at Belladrum at the end of July.” Drummie Dave (Various, UK)

“Fire!” Amar Kabouche (Fauve Radio, Hong Kong)

“New sounds that my ears require for change. Modern day Afrobeat at its best.” DJ Abbo (Stomp Radio, UK)

“Nice title.” Simao (Various, Toulouse, France)

“Lovely!” Cal Gibson (Secret Soul Society, UK)

“SUPERBE CHORISTE!!!” Jean Marc Baehler (Radio Couleur 3, Switzerland)

“Very hypnotic and would work a treat on the right kind of dancefloor.” Jamie Renton (Chilli Fried, UK)

“Great. will play on my radio show.” Eliana Ben David (Various, Berlin, Germany)

“Fire!” Roshan Ram (Various, UK)


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