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The 15th London African Music Festival presents
Pat Thomas and the Kwashibu Area Band
Friday 29 September
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In a nutshell
Hi-life music from West Africa at it's very best from the 'golden voice of Africa'.
'I’m an afrobeat drummer but Pat Thomas is highlife. That is what he does so well.' - Tony Allen
Ghanaian vocalist Pat Thomas and his all-star Kwashibu Area Band are currently out on an absolutely massive tour this summer. Performing material from last year’s self-titled album as well as highlights from throughout Thomas’ long career, this string of shows are an amazing opportunity to catch a living master of African highlife in the flesh. A highlight at last year’s Womex festival, the band are taking their phenomenal live show across Europe since May until November 2016
'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).
A regular collaborator with Ebo Taylor, Thomas was mainstay of the ‘70s and ‘80s Ghanaian highlife, afrobeat and afro-pop scenes, hitting big with the Ghana Cocoa Board-sponsored Sweet Beans band. 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.
What to expect
Hi-life music from West Africa at its very best from the 'golden voice of Africa'.
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Things you should know
This event is wheelchair accessible.