Ghana legend Pat Thomas – new highlife material for Strut

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).

Forthcoming on Strut Records

Forthcoming on Strut Records

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.

Weird Together

Weird Together are a fresh and exciting new act on Soundway Records and were formed in New Zealand in 2012. The band are Karima Madut (vocals), Mavs Adegbite (percussion/vocals), Izak Chadderton (steel pan), Alesano Schuster (steel pan), The Gaza Tripp (guitar) and Yonier Cuevas Vega (MC). They fuse musical influences from Africa, South America and the Caribbean. They were formed through Tokyo based New Zealand journalist and DJ, Nick Dwyer and Auckland based English music producer and DJ, Dick “Magik J” Johnson.

Weird Together, New Zealand based band

Weird Together, New Zealand based band (image: Soundway Records)

Video for their new release No Compromise stars Karima Madut, Albert Akuoko, Joel Orleans, Gyedu Blay Abolley, Ebo Taylor, Patience and the people of Accra.