Eugene Ampadu, popularly known as Kyekyeku, is a young lively Ghanaian musician who combines musical traditions from roots Palmwine (a style of Ghanaian folk), Highlife and Afrobeat; performing live in new and exciting sounds.
With lyrics reminiscent of village recreational songs, protest songs, love poetry and old African spirituality, his music touches on themes concerned with the well-being of Africa and the world society. Kyekyeku has collaborated with world-renowned musicians including, Koo Nimo (GH), Peter White (UK/Jazz), Pat Thomas (GH), Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (GH), Thais Morel (Brazil), Mayra Andrade (Cape Verde), Blick Bassy (Cameroun) and many others.
Kyekyeku sings and performs tunes that reflect on social commentary, love, religion, nature etc. and offers Copious amounts of fun and dancing. Described by CNN as ‘Wizard of the Guitar’, Kyekyeku carries a sound draped in silky acoustic guitars, intricate percussive grooves and lush horns, locked between folk and a throbbing urban Highlife beat.
On Saturday, 24th February, 2018, Kyekyeku brings his project – Ghanalogue Highlife on the stages of Alliance Française Accra supported by contemporaries, Reynolds the GentleMan, Six Strings, FRA! and Kologo master, Senza. For the last three years, Kyekyeku has presented his project to music lovers in Accra before going on tour as a way of paying homage to his home city where the inspiration for his music has come from. Kyekyeku and Ghanalogue Highlife brings back deep warm grooves reminiscent of when folk Ghanaian musicians first plugged in, went electric and funky, creating tons of delightful music popularly known in Ghana as Highlife.
With a sound placed somewhere between retro Highlife and recent sonic pallette, Kyekyeku and Ghanalogue Highlife is definitely required listening for a truly definitive Ghanaian musical experience.
Rate: GH¢ 30 for Adults, GH¢15 Ghc for AF students and members. Free for under 16.