Time & Location
12 Aug, 20:00 – 13 Aug, 00:00
Liverpool, 17 Love Ln, Liverpool L3 7DD, UK
About the event
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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.