Fresh, powerful highlife band Santrofi from Ghana first appeared at festivals around Europe in the summer of 2019, from Roskilde to Sines and WOMAD. They also stunned their audience at WOMEX 2019 in Finland.
Their long-awaited debut album ‘Alewa‘ is finally out now on Outhere records (available on all formats: LP/CD/digital). The album brings a new wave of fresh highlife rooted in the past with a knowledge of the future directly from the streets of Accra.
Santrofi is a young all-star band from Ghana brimming with gifted musicians. They have played with the kings of highlife such as Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas, Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Osibisa, George Darko but also the young stars of today like Sarkodie and 2 Face Idibia.
They have learnt from the masters and are now ready to take highlife into the future. Their mission is to bring highlife back; not only to the world but also to Ghana, where the young generation has forgotten all about this great music.
Santrofi’s influences range from the riveting fast-paced pulse of 70s dance-guitar highlife, and the other-worldly sound of Highlife funk to the polyrhythmic beats and melodies that took Afrobeat across the globe.
Sadly Santrofi’s summer tour (from end of May till late August with over 25 concerts booked) had to be cancelled*. A blow to Santrofi & everyone involved, label, booker, distribution … so much work and preparation lost. But health comes first!
Emma Ofori & Santrofi have used the time to record a live set with the songs from ‘Alewa’ to cheer up their fans around the world, and to give hope and good vibes to get through this crisis.
By the way, Santrofi in Akan mythology is a rare and precious bird, identified by its bright colours and four wings. It is so unique, it was forbidden to be hunted. Attempting to catch and lock up the bird will bring you bad luck. If spotted and left to fly away, great luck and fortune can be expected.