The octogenarian hugely influential highlife innovator Ebo Taylor, above on a track taken from Yen Ara released back in the spring by Mr Bongo, is currently taking in Euro jazz clubs on tour (playing with his Saltpond City Band at  Porgy and Bess in Vienna and New Morning in Paris this week).  Highlife is traced back to the early 20th century, a style that emanated from Africa’s Gold Coast, a country which in the post colonial era as British rule in Africa crumbled, became the independent nation of Ghana from 1957. The style is about self-confidence and took off after the second world war and is a blend of jazz, blues, reggae, and later funk. Osibisa, founded in London, are one of the best known highlife bands internationally. As for Taylor himself he was significant in Ghana during the Highlife heyday of the 1950s and 60s, a member of the Stargazers among other bands. He studied in London in the early-1960s and in the decades that followed added his old friend Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat style among a host of ingredients to blend with his beloved traditional Ghanaian musical traditions long incorporated into his own sound.