Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band
The huge success of the tour in October and his fantastic showcase at Womex brings the Golden Voice of Africa a high demand of festivals in 2016.
The global profile-raiser for Highlife with multi-instrumentalist Kwame Yeboah and his elite team of young players’ music will be back on tour from May to end of August 2016.
Released in June 2015, Strut Records announced the brand new studio album by one of Ghana’s all-time great vocalists, “The Golden Voice Of Africa”, Pat Thomas, in conjunction with the Kwashibu Area Band led by multi-instrumentalist 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 Nana Yaa, an acclaimed vocalist in her own right.
“I’m an afrobeat drummer but Pat Thomas is highlife. That is what he does so well.” – Tony Allen