Palmwine, Highlife & Afrobeat
GAS - others on request
Spiraling electro-acoustic guitars, intricate rhythmic grooves, lush horns, a distinctive Ghanaian sound locked between folk and a throbbing urban Highlife beat!
A wonderful act we just discovered at Visa For Music in 2017: Kyekyeku is seen as a new generation of young lively Ghanaian musicians that is combining musical traditions from roots Palmwine (A style of Ghanaian folk) Highlife and Afrobeat; performing live in new and exciting sounds. Kyekyeku creates a unique high-energy sound mixed in with Highlife and Afrofunk of fellow countrymen Ebo Taylor and Pat Thomas erupting in a pulsating Afro-urban musical broth. With lyrics reminiscent of village recreational songs, protest songs, love poetry and old African spirituality, his music touches on themes concerned with the well-being of Africa and the world society. Kyekyeku escorts you on a soulful journey to the enchanting lands of West Africa in a Palmwine meets-Highlife-meets-World Grooves fun moment! The young Ghanaian musician has collaborated with world-renowned musicians including Koo Nimo (GH), Peter White (UK/Jazz), Pat Thomas(GH), Ambolley(GH) Thais Morel (Brazil), Mayra Andrade (Cape Verde), Blick Bassy (Cameroun) etc.
"A fabulous guitarist" - BBC Global Beats
"Kyekyeku is setting a new tempo for the Ghanaian music scene. A wizard with a guitar" - CNN African Voices
"Kyekyeku,the little prince of Palmwine. ... Impossible to resist the warmand lively soundofbrass, percussion and this contagious joy, this artistic generosity. ... sharing, pleasure and openness to others - the trademark of Kyekyeku." - Forbes Afrique
"Kyekyeku is a rare cat indeed in Ghana—a talented young guitar player interested in developing the all-but-vanished art of palm wine guitar." - Afropop Worldwide
Travelparty: 6 - 8
Catach Festival–France–September 2017 Ecuries de Baroja–France-September 2017
Feito a Man Festival–Spain–August 2017 The Hague African Music Festival–Holland–July 2017 Kasumama African Music Festival–Austria–July 2017 New Morning–Paris–February 2017 Bozar (Afropolitan Festival)–Brussels–February 2017 Sauti Za Busara Official Selection –Tanzania–February 2017 Visa for Music Official Selection –Rabat–November 2016 Alliance Francaise Accra–October 2016 Accra Stanbic Jazz Festival–Accra–June 2016 MASAOfficial Selection–Abidjan–March 2016