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Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band

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littlewhistler One of my favourite albums of recent times. Top quality grooves, excellent musicianship, well produced. You need this in your life. Favorite track: Oye Asem.
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Thomas Murray One of the best Ghanian Highlife albums I've ever heard. It all comes together here, and the sound quality is excellent. Favorite track: Mewo Akoma.
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Norbert Herber The melodies are infectious! Favorite track: Brebrebre.
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Jordan Aylward One of my favourite albums of 2015 that will be soundtracking many summer evenings to come. Amazing musicianship all round. Gyae Su is an unexpected dancefloor smash. Favorite track: Gyae Su.
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Henrik It makes me smile and sometimes dance :-)) Thank you Favorite track: Oye Asem.
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Andrew Jervis Highlife with a modern twist, right up my alley. Favorite track: Gyae Su.
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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    A1 Mewo Akoma 8:23
    A2 Gyae Su 4:12

    B1 Odoo Be Ba 4:54
    B2 Me Ho Asem 6:32

    C1 Oye Asem 5:17
    C2 Odo Adaada 4:03

    D1 Brebrebre 5:22
    D2 Amaehu 5:40

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    1. Mewo Akoma 8:23
    2. Gyae Su 4:12
    3. Odoo Be Ba 4:54
    4. Me Ho Asem 6:32
    5. Oye Asem 5:17
    6. Odo Adaada 4:03
    7. Brebrebre 5:22
    8. Amaehu 5:40

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1.
Mewo Akoma 08:23
2.
Gyae Su 04:12
3.
Odoo Be Ba 04:54
4.
Me Ho Asem (free) 06:32
5.
Oye Asem 05:17
6.
Odo Adaada 04:03
7.
Brebrebre 05:22
8.
Amaehu 05:40

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Strut are proud to announce the brand new studio album by one of Ghana’s all-time great vocalists, “The Golden Voice Of Africa”, Pat Thomas, in conjunction with the Kwashibu Area Band led by multi-instumentalist Kwame Yeboah (Cat Stevens, Patrice) and saxophonist Ben Abarbanel-Wolff (Ebo Taylor, Poets of Rhythm).

Hailing from Kumasi, Thomas had lived with highlife legend King Onyina from a young age before working with Ebo Taylor in two of Ghana’s great 1960s highlife big bands, Broadway Dance Band and Stargazers. They would collaborate regularly, Pat contributing vocals to Ebo’s solo albums and Ebo arranging horns for Pat’s songs. Both would become a mainstay of the ‘70s and ‘80s Ghanaian highlife, afrobeat and afro-pop scenes, hitting big with the Ghana Cocoa Board-sponsored Sweet Beans band. Fela Kuti’s bandleader, drummer Tony Allen, would record a session with Sweet Beans in Kumasi in 1975 (as yet unreleased). “Highlife was our music,” Pat remembers. “People like Ebo and I modernised it, made it more relevant to our day. We took the Kwa music of Kumasi and other local styles and added Western elements.” With his distinctive flowing vocal style, sung in Fanti and Ashanti Twi dialect, Pat became established as one of Ghana’s biggest musical draws.

During the ‘80s, Pat continued to stay close to highlife and, by the middle of the decade, had become the biggest star in the emerging “burger highlife” scene involving recordings produced in Berlin and Hamburg and exported to Ghana. Together with guitarist George Darko, his output added to the rich mix of cultures making the global reach of highlife possible.

Recorded in Accra and mixed at Lovelite Studios’ analogue HQ in Berlin, Thomas’ new album marks over 50 years making music and reunites him with old friends: Ebo Taylor provides horn arrangements, Tony Allen contributes drums to several tracks, Osei Tutu (Hedzolleh Sounds) plays a memorable trumpet solo and prolific 1970s bassist Ralph Karikari (The Noble Kings) also features. Younger generation stars appearing include bassist Emmanuel Ofori, percussionist “Sunday” Owusu and Pat Thomas’ daughter Nanaaya, an acclaimed vocalist in her own right.

The album features new full band arrangements of original ‘80s Thomas classics ‘Gyae Su’, ‘Odoo Adada’ and ‘Mewo Akoma’. Abarbanel-Wolff explains: “By the mid-1980s, Ghanaian music had started to use digital production and the heyday of the “golden era” was over. With this album, we wanted to continue the tradition of the late ‘70s sound and bring the roots back.” Kwame Yeboah continues, “We had to create our own buzz, keep the sound totally real - there are no digital, machine or sampled sounds here.” - New compositions also feature, including the superb, yearning ‘Me Ho Asem’ and the infectious afrobeat jam, ‘Odoo Be Ba’.

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released June 15, 2015

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Pat Thomas Kumasi, Ghana

Known as “The Golden Voice Of Africa”, Pat Thomas is a true Ghanaian highlife legend. Working with big bands including Uhuru Dance Band, Thomas became a domestic star through his ‘70s work with Sweet Beans, Ebo Taylor and Marijata. He recorded his first international studio album for Strut in 2015, backed by Accra’s Kwashibu Area Band. ... more

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