Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band

Ready for a party full of steamy highlife, afrobeat and funk? Because then you can’t do any worse than Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band!

African music is often ascribed to Fela Kuti’s beloved afrobeat. This music would not have existed without Ghanan highlife. This genre has its roots in the heart of the Ashanti Kingdom, where the traditional Kumasi Kwa music was crossbred with Western styles to something wholly unique that went on to conquer world music in the seventies. Ghanan Pat Thomas was a fixture throughout those years, for example as a band member with Ebo Taylor.

In 2015 Pat Thomas made a glorious comeback thanks to the Strut Records label, trusted purveyor of African quality music that also gave us music by Mulatu Astatke, Ebo Taylor and Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics.

His self-titled album is the first highlife album released in years and is an attempt to reinvent this classic genre. The singer – once praised as ‘The Golden Voice of Africa – also made quite a splash live with his Kwashibu Area Band.

“I’m an afrobeat drummer but Pat Thomas is highlife. That is what he does so well.” -according to drummer Tony Allen.

“Basically, everything about Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band is fantastic.“ – De Volkskrant

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