Kwame & Afrovibes Band
Let’s Go (independent release, 2012)
Kwame & Afrovibes Band is a multinational Afro-roots band based in Spain led by Ghanaian musician and composer John Kwame Adzraku, better known as Kwame. The band’s recording is a reflection of the various influences contributed by the musicians who come from various nations and backgrounds. Afrovibes Band changes dynamically and has included musicians from Ghana, Senegal, Argentina, Spain, Poland, Italy, USA, Spain, Uruguay, and Brazil, who share a passion for African music.
Kwame & Afro Vibes Band incorporates African styles such as makossa, afro-beat and highlife and combines them in a fiery mix with reggae, jazz and rock. Kwame sings in various African languages, as well as in English and Spanish.
John Kwame Adzraku was born in Ghana in 1958. He founded his first band in 1977 at 19. It was City Brothers Band, a Ghanaian band that performed Funk, Afro-Beat, High Life, Reggae, Makossa. In 1980 he relocated to Nigeria where he formed The Super Ashantis Band where he released his first album titled “Waterproof.” John played drums.Three years later he received an offer from a prestigious Nigerian group called Zebs Band International. He joined them and toured Cameroon, Congo, Niger, Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, Senegal, Libya, and Chad.
In 1992 recorded an album titled “Africa Democracy” with his new band Akumamba. This led to a contract with a German concert promoter that booked him for tours throughout Europe.
In 2003 he landed in Barcelona and decided to stay. There he found an old friend from Guinea Bissau, a singer, guitarist and percussionist named Oli, who played in a band called Qubamba that included musicians from Spain, Africa and South America. Eventually, he decided to put together a new band which became Kwame & Afro Vibes Band.
Let’s Go is an outstanding album of African-rooted music rooted by the talented multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Kwame and his transnational band.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.