A legend of Ghanaian Highlife, Pat Thomas is back with a brand new album along with the Kwashibu Area Band titled Obiaa!. Kwame Yeboah and Ben Abarbanel-Wolff produced the album at Lovelite Studio’s analogue HQ in Berlin, and it celebrates the colourful, infectious and incredibly fun energy of Ghanaian highlife music, taking inspiration from legends like Ebo Taylor.
From the get-go, I knew I was going to be in for a treat. “Onfa Nkosi Hwee” kicks the album off with incredible guitar leads, percussion and a tribal quality, complemented by soulful singing and infectious drumming. The album continues in a positively-minded, gorgeous rhythmic melody, with guitar leads that perfectly accompany the subtle but poignant bass throughout. “Yamona,” “Bubu” and “Obi Nfreno” are examples of upbeat, rhythmic and brilliantly engaging records, while “Atesem” and “Obinim” are slower-paced tracks with more of a soulful, relaxing tone. The incredible guitar leads on “Odo Ankasa” and “Okomfe Bone” are beautiful, as the melodies are gorgeous and bring a true, happy vibe. Overall, this project is a terrific musical ambassador for Ghana. The stunning guitar leads, infectious drumming and smooth melodies make for a fantastic listen!
Listen to Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band’s new album Obiaa! below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support! Released via Strut Records.