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Santrofi band set to thrill Ghana with “Deep into Highlife” Concerts

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The 8-month trek will take Ghana’s contemporary and biggest highlife band, Santrofi on a limited run of exclusive performances to major amphitheaters and arenas across Ghana and Germany and will include multiple festival performances.

Emmanuel Jewel Peprah Mensah, Nov 06, 2021

Santrofi seems to be on a mission to dominate highlife genre in Ghana and the international landscape. With many successful international concerts under their belt so far, and credit for giving birth to a plethora of fresh and talented new highlife faces, Santrofi seems to have found a comfortable home both in Ghana and Europe.

Dubbed “Deep into Highlife”, the forthcoming concert will shine a light on the historical journey of Ghana’s Highlife music. From the funky Highlife of the 60’s to the disco Highlife of the late 70’s and then to the Afro-highlife of today, Highlife has been around reinventing itself in amazing and ever-changing methodologies. The concert seeks to open a new chapter in this historic and dramatic story.

Ghana’s portion of the concert begins Saturday November 13, 2021, at +233 Jazz Bar in Accra, to present an electrifying and sumptuous music brewed in African pot for dancing, soothing and revitalising the soul. The performances will also feature some Highlife heavyweights like AB Crentsil, and hosted by the MC extraordinaire Kofi Okyere Darko, popularly known as KOD. The European tour starts in May 2022 in Germany to rock the world with an amazing Highlife fusion, Afrobeats and Afro-highlife vibrations.

The concert is a cooperation between Santrofi from Ghana, Outhere Records – a highly-acclaimed German record company, and Eiden Music Agency – which is well known for touring bands from Brazil, Africa, UK and around the world.

Apart from several nominations received at the Songlines Music Awards in UK, 3 Music Awards-Ghana, and Ghana Music Awards UK, Santrofi debut album reached No. 1 on World Music Charts Europe (WMCE) in 2021, and it was also adjudged by France-based major music digital distributor, Pan African Music (PAM) as one of the biggest albums in 2020.

The band have already set the world on fire freaking out audiences all over Europe on their 2019 summer festival tour including Sines in Portugal, WOMAD in UK, Roskilde and WOMEX in Tampere.

The group is a collective of celebrated young musicians known within Ghana’s music circles. Led by Ebo Taylor and Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area band’s bass player Emmanuel Ofori, are a force of nature deeply informed by vintage Ghanaian highlife music in all its forms – some largely unknown to the world ranging from the smelting soulful highlife sound that can only be nurtured by Accra’s afternoon scorch, to the riveting fast-paced pulse of 70s dance-guitar highlife, or to the other-worldly sound of Highlife funk, 50s big band highlife or the polyrhythmic beats and melodies that took Afrobeat across the globe. This wall of sound, although long lost and forgotten, is back with effortless ease and with a progressive edge like it never left.

Santrofi has on electric lead guitars, Dominic Quarchie (Ghana’s Music Awards’ winner of Instrumentalist of the year 2018), on rhythm guitar and lead vocals Nsoroma, Bernard Gyamfi on trombone and shekere, Norbert Wonkyi on trumpet, flugelhorn and bells, Prince Larbi on drums, Emmanuel Boakye Agyemang on organs, fender rhodes, Victor Nii Amoo on percussions and Kofi ‘IamBeatMenace’ as audio engineer and brands coordinator.

Catch full concert dates, updates and media tours on all their social media handles with the name, Santrofi.

 

 

 

 

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South Africa’s Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini & Nomcebo Zikode win Grammy Best Global Music Performance

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South Africa’s Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini & Nomcebo Zikode have  won the 2023 Grammy award for Best Global Music Performance for Bayethe. (more…)

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Idris Elba attends Akwasidae in Asante Kingdom

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British actor of Ghanaian and Senegalese heritage, Idris Elba has paid homage to the Ashanti King, Otumfour Osei Tutu II as he attended Akwasidae at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.

The Akwasidae Festival is celebrated by the Ashanti people and chiefs in Ashanti, as well as the Ashanti diaspora. The festival is celebrated on a Sunday, once every six weeks.

Earlier in the week, Elba revealed that he and his partners have undertaken some groundwork aimed at facilitating the building of a film studio in Ghana and across West Africa.

Speaking to President Akufo-Addo during a visit to the Jubilee House, the actor explained that although so much can be achieved in the film industry in Africa, facilities are lacking.

Hence, Idris Elba is convinced that the project, when completed, will be robust and competitive to attract filmmakers to choose Ghana for their productions.

“Currently, we call it West African Studios, but that’s a working title. We’ve been working on this for three or four years to raise a plan that puts a facility at the centre of African filmmaking. There’s a lot for African filmmaking, but the facilities are lacking.”

Idris Elba added that although their plans are in place, they believe that there needs to be policies that would encourage filmmakers to make the trip to Ghana and other West African countries.

He stated that in their preparations and research, they put together the parameters for the policy, adding that they sought to understand what international filmmakers need from Ghana.

The ‘Beast of No Nation’ actor stated that without the policy framework, the country can have as many film studios as possible, but it will not attract filmmakers.

“We realized that policy is where the actual groundwork needs to be laid. We’ve studied the models of South Africa, incredible incentive packages, Greece, Morocco and these are all places where they realize the value of the filmmaking and they’ve brought that policy into play.”

“National Film Authority has done the work and put together a very comprehensive plan to propel Ghana into the forefront. It needs to be robust and competitive to the rest of the world. We believe for sure that Ghana should step up in terms of attracting those filmmakers. I’ve come and seen you and presented to you essentially, just the parameters of what we need to do.”

President Akufo-Addo assured Idris Elba that the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is developing a policy framework to guide filmmaking in the country.

He advised that the director of the Creative Arts Agency will liaise with the Tourism Minister to look through the proposal presented, in relation to what the Ministry is doing to ensure there are no gaps.

He stated that this will ensure the film industry has a comprehensive document that guides their activities.

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Stonebwoy hits the studio with American singer Jordin Sparks

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Ghanaian Reggae and Dancehall artist, Stonebwoy has been captured in a studio with American singer, Jordin Sparks following their recent meeting in Los Angeles. (more…)

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Nigerian court fines singer Oxlade N5m over leaked sex tape

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A Lagos State High Court, Southwest Nigeria has awarded N5m damages against a singer, Ikuforijimi Abdulrahman, aka Oxlade, over a leaked explicit sex tape with a woman on a social media app, Snapchat. (more…)

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I put Stonebwoy on, but people claim I have done nothing to support other artists- Kwaw Kese

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Ghanaian rapper, Kwaw Kese has recounted his contribution to the success of Stonebwoy’s career. (more…)

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T-Ben Miller drops new single “Soldier”, ahead of EP release – LISTEN

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T-Ben Miller has come for the girls again with a new single. This time he comes as a “Soldier”, the title of the song. As the Valentine’s Day season approaches and the world is celebrating February as the month of love, it is appropriate to find the song that syncs well with the ladies.

T-Ben already has hinted about an upcoming EP due for release in early 2023 titled “No Bad Times”, from which he has released some few singles already. But “Soldier” is a side step teaser he wants to share with his fans especially his ladies ahead of the catalogue release.

Listen to “Soldier” here on Digital Stores: https://li.sten.to/tbenmillersoldier

A year ago he relaunched himself with an all new set of records and upgraded version of his creativity. He has since been consistent with releases. T-Ben Miller is an alumni of Ho Technical University who is now fully into doing music and majors in Afrobeats. Follow him across social media on the handle @iamTBen.

 

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