Kyekyeku (Tche-Tche-Kou), which translated in English means something like “wizard with a guitar” is one of a new generation of young Ghanaian musicians whose work is based on the popular ‘Palmwine’ blues, a style of ‘70s Highlife and various other musical styles from Afrobeat to Flamenco. Kyekyeku & Ghanalogue Highlife create a unique high-energy sound mixed in with Highlife and Afrofunk of fellow countrymen Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas & Blay Ambolley; erupting in a pulsating Afro-urban musical broth.
The lyrics & rhythms are inspired by everyday village recreational themes, and in their own way a form of protest songs, “ I love poetry and old African spirituality” he says. The group calls this musical broth Shithole Rock Highlife. The band drew most public attention following their appearance at the 52nd Montreux Jazz festival and last year in Switzerland, which gave them added motivation. Kyekyeku is also somewhat known in Spain having performed on a number of occasions there and celebrating France’s national day at the +233 Jazz bar in the Alliance Française.
Kyekyeku & Ghanalogue Highlife are currently working on their first album and hope to offer to the world a piece of the unknown culture of Ghana and Africa over the next few years, as a result of the concerts & tours they have been contracted for following their appearance at the VisaVis contest which Casa Africa promotes each year.
Kyekyeku & Ghanalogue Highlife
Kyekyeku (Eugene): Guitar/voice
Derrik Akoto: Bass
Emmanuel Lantei: Keyboard/electric guitar
Daniel Amaning: Drums
Peter Somuah. Trumpet
Raymond Dordoye: Trumpet
Michael Amenyenu: Percussions