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Nyamekye Junction + Special Guests
Nyamekye Junction + Special Guests

Fri, 12 Aug



Nyamekye Junction + Special Guests

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Time & Location

12 Aug 2022, 20:00 – 13 Aug 2022, 00:00

Liverpool, 17 Love Ln, Liverpool L3 7DD, UK

About the event

From 8PM


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Following the critically acclaimed Sankofa Season, a debut  collaboration from UK legends Andrew Ashong & Kaidi Tatham, Kitto  Records return to introduce a new multinational three-piece band:  Nyamekye Junction.

Born of chance meetings in Accra, the band brings together a  Burundian producer and vocalist, Betina Quest; with a Ghanaian  singer-songwriter, Eli A Free; and a German percussionist and multi  instrumentalist, Ma.ttic.  Nyamekye Junction take their name from a  bustling junction in the Ghanaian capital, where a number of major roads  merge, embodying the musical approach of the band: a singular sound at  the junction of their cultural heritages.

In Eli’s words, ‘Dasein’ (from the German for ‘existence’, ‘being there’), captures “the need to live in this moment here and now with a heart full of gratitude” while exploring a number of interlinked themes, including the  importance of one's environment - cultural and political, as well as  physical - in situating, shaping and explaining each individual’s  identity.

Hard to place, impossible to pigeonhole.   Challenging  lazy stereotypes of modern ‘African’ music as being synonymous with  Afrobeats alone, Nyamekye blend synths and samplers with enchanting  vocals and traditional West African percussion instruments like the  Frikyiwa, Kpanlogos and Kayamba to produce a sound that is at once  nostalgic and futuristic.  Music threaded from many genres that is  hard-hitting and meditative; undefinable and unrepeated; politically  cutting and uplifting.  

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