"Gyae Su” by Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band

A new version of an old track written and performed by the one they call “Mr Golden Voice of Africa”. Listen and you will understand why.

The opening chords of this tropical-sounding track, a makeover of the Afro-funk original penned by Pat Thomas back in the 80s, will have you reaching for the sunblock. By the time the Ebo Taylor-conjured horn arrangements kick in at around 10 seconds, you’ll be adjusting your shades and when Thomas’ silky vocals arrive at the party a few seconds later, you’ll have forgotten that there might ever be another day without sunshine so long as this song keeps on playing.

Celebrating half a century in music, Ghanaian highlife superstar Pat Thomas has reunited with some of his old stage mates (including Afrobeat drum-druid Tony Allen) to craft an album of songs – the self-titled album Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band – that are as sunny as they are cheerful.

As “Mr Golden Voice of Africa” sings on this number, “Just take it easy and don’t shed any tears!” Therein lies a motto for life (or just long enough to see us through winter, at least.)

The new self-titled album is released, aptly, on 16 June this year on the ever-amazing Strut Records label.