PAT THOMAS vocal
KWAME YEBOAH drums and keyboards
BEN ABARBANEL-WOLFF saxophone
PRINCE LARBI bass
EMMANUEL OPOKU WARE keyboards
ERIC OWUSU percussions
EMMANUEL OFORI bass
PHILIP SINDY trumpet

There are times when the world needs beautiful music; and this is certainly one of them. Few genres of music can bring a smile to a listener's face more quickly than highlife, and few highlife singers have a voice as uniquely powerful and resonant, yet silky sweet as the “Golden Voice Of Africa” and Ghana’s “first rock star”, the legendary Pat Thomas. A regular collaborator with Ebo Taylor, Thomas was mainstay of the 1970s and 1980s Ghanaian highlife, afrobeat and afro-pop scenes, hitting big with Sweet Beans band. Even in a genre noted for great singers and mellifluous voices, Pat Thomas's signature vocal style has stood out for more than four decades. Thomas’ new album “Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band” (Strut Records, 2015) 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 plays a memorable trumpet solo and prolific 1970s bassist Ralph Karikari also features. The album features new full band arrangements of original 1980s Thomas classics “Gyae Su”, “Odoo Adada” and “Mewo Akoma”.

PAT THOMAS AND KWASHIBU AREA BAND

29 May • MKC Dancing Hall, 22:00