Afrospot All Stars [Agbajazz, Hi-Life, Traditional - Togo]

 

GENREAgbajazz, Hi-Life, Traditional

 

“We are all about the joyous sounds of Highlife, the indigenous, authentic dance music of West Africa”

 

        Driven by charismatic Kodjovi Kush, vocalist and bass player with Soothsayers and Yesking, African music ambassador extraordinaire.

        Born in Togo West Africa, young Kodjovi enhanced his skills since the age of nine at Lomé Piano Conservatory with Maître Dosseh. But most importantly inherited them from his Father who was founder member and band leader in Eryko Jazz de la Capitale and Los Muchachos, they use to tour west Africa in the late 50′s and the 60′s.

        Kodjovi formed his first band with friends at the age of 15 showing his capacity to put musicians together and lead a music project.

        In the 90′s was touring Europe with Balafon and Cobato Traditional Ballet Troupes from Togo.

 

 

        Kodjovi landed in London when the Africa Centre was a stronghold for African cultures and home away from home. He has since dedicated himself to gather some of those same musicians to perform with him and supporting artists like Alpha Blondy and Lucky Dube.

        The connection with some of the greatest African musicians in London led him to join, the Funkees, Ibile, Yesking and Soothsayers to perform in the most important live music venues in town and great festivals around the world like: North Sea Jazz, Womad, Glastonbury, Bangladesh World music festival, O2, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican, the Brixton Academy, and many more.

        During his career he performed and worked alongside many great artists such as Tony Allen, Sonny Akpan of the Funkees, Seun Kuti, Finley Quaye, Thandiswa, Eska, Gregory Isaacs, Keziah Jones, Cheikh-Lo, Johnny Clarke, Cornel Campbell, to name but few.

        Kodjovi Kush and Afrospot All Stars, this outfit is a world number one interpreter of Agbajazz.  The fusion of Agbadja, Kamou, Hilghlife, the traditional music and dances from Togo, Ghana and Benin, its rhythms and time signatures with Jazz influences.

        Afrospot All Stars has ten high quality members as Baba Adesose Wallace (Percussions and Vocals), Audrey Gbaguidi (Vocals and Shakers), Kishon Khan (Keyboards), Kofi Adu (Drums), Idris Rahman (tenor sax), Emanuel Afram (Bass), Nick Walters (Trumpet), Patrick Hachett (Guitar), also dancers and other stars from the UK world music scene.

 

 

“ The band included two guitars, bass, saxophone, vocals and ‘legendary drummer Kofi Adu’. From the moment it began you forgot your feet were soggy and took you somewhere a whole lot sunnier. The style of the music is High Life, which is a genre really popular in West Africa. It began in the early 1900s in Ghana and spread, with its jazzy horns and several guitars leading the way”.

“ Guitars shine, horns sing, bass and percussion blaze in a true band of All Stars”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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