4 June • MKC Dancing Hall, 24:00
EMMANUEL KWADWO OFORI band leader, bass, vocals
BERNARD GYAMFI trombone DOMINIC QUARCHIE guitar, vocals
PRINCE LARBI drums, vocals NOBERT WONKYI ARTHUR trumpet, shekere
EMMANUEL BOAKYE AGYEMAN keys, vocals, traditional dancer
ROBERT KOOMSON lead vocals, talking drum, guitar
EMMANUEL KUNTU-BLANKSON percussion
Even without an album out three years ago, they have already set the world on fire freaking out audiences all over Europe on their 2019 summer festival tour including Sines in Portugal, WOMAD in UK, Roskilde and WOMEX in Tampere. This 9-piece young allstar band from Ghana brims with gifted musicians and energy on stage. Santrofi’s debut album Alewa brings a new wave of fresh highlife rooted in the past with a knowledge of the future directly from the streets of Accra. Santrofi was founded by bassist and producer Emmanuel Kwadwo Ofori who rose from the source having played with Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band. The 9 musicians are deeply rooted in vintage Ghanaian highlife music in all its forms. The influences range from the riveting fast-paced pulse of 70s dance-guitar highlife, or the other-worldly sound of highlife funk to the polyrhythmic beats and melodies that took Afrobeat across the globe. They have learnt from the masters and are now ready to take highlife into the future. On stage, Santrofi breaks down hierarchies: the musicians alternate their roles each growing on the other’s talent while harmonizing as a whole. Together they can tear every stage apart. And this is only the beginning.