One of Ghana’s all-time great vocalists Pat Thomas will release new material in June on Strut Records. The “The Golden Voice Of Africa” will be joined by the Kwashibu Area Band, led by multi-instumentalist Kwame Yeboah (Cat Stevens, Patrice) and saxophonist Ben Abarbanel-Wolff (Ebo Taylor, Poets of Rhythm).
Thomas will also reunite with Ebo Taylor providing horn arrangements, Tony Allen contributing drums to several tracks, alongside Osei Tutu (Hedzolleh Sounds) playing trumpet and prolific 1970s bassist Ralph Karikari (The Noble Kings).
A younger generation are also playing, including bassist Emmanuel Ofori, percussionist Sunday Owusu and Pat Thomas’ daughter Nanaaya, an acclaimed vocalist in her own right.
See the work so far:
Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band is released on June 16th, 2015, on CD, LP and digitally, featuring hand-drawn artwork by Lewis Heriz and full sleeve notes. Vinyl copies ordered from the Strut Store will ship on limited edition 180g vinyl while supplies last. Visit Strut: click here.