Contemporary Ghanaian highlife band Santrofi tops World Music Charts Europe in July 2020 with debut album “Alewa”.
The dynamic 8-man collective is heralded for its efforts in adding a progressive edge to traditional Ghanaian highlife rhythms. Santrofi’s music is thus a contemporary rendering of vintage Ghanaian highlife, highlife funk and afrobeat sounds.
The band’s debut album “Alewa” which was released back in April through German record label Outhere Records now tops World Music Charts Europe in July 2020.
The World Music Charts Europe (WMCE) is composed of 10 featured albums curated by European radio producers and personalities. The albums that make the shortlist are put on heavy rotation for a month across European radio with an official colour print showcased in various music stores.
Renowned as one of Ghana’s brightest musical exports, Santrofi is sonically reminiscent of legendary Ghanaian band Osibisa. Santrofi was founded in Ghana’s capital Accra by bassist and music producer Emmanuel Ofori who earned his stripes playing with legendary Ghanaian highlife acts such as Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas and his Kwashibu Area Band.
Other Santrofi band members include Dominic Quarchie on lead electric guitar; Robert ‘Nsoroma’ Koomson on load vocals and rhythm guitar; Bernard Gyamfi on trombone and shekere; Norbert Wonkyi on trumpet, flugelhorn and bell; Prince Larbi on drums and vocals; Emmanuel Boakye Agyeman on keyboards and vocals; and Victor Nii Amoo on percussion.