18 Mar 2018

Live: Pat Thomas & The Kwashibu Area Band at WOMAD 2018

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Pat Thomas and The Kwashibu Area Band

Pat Thomas and The Kwashibu Area Band Photo: Claire Eastham-Farrelly for RNZ

Pat Thomas and The Kwashibu Area Band hail from Ghana, a nation on West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, where Pat is regarded as one of that country's all time greatest vocalists, a man with a golden voice.

Pat Thomas and The Kwashibu Area Band

Pat Thomas and The Kwashibu Area Band Photo: Supplied


Like many of the older musicians, Thomas, who at the time was at the peak of his career, left Ghana after the coup in 1979 and relocated to Germany, then UK, Canada and the USA.

Pat Thomas has had career renaissance in recent years after recording for the well-informed English label Strut Records and playing all manner of gigs from small clubs through to festival stages like Womad.

Pat Thomas

Pat Thomas Photo: Supplied


As the old adage goes, a quitter won’t ever win … and Pat Thomas has never stopped singing and writing enduring songs like the single 'Gyae Su'. It was one of the highlights at his well received appearance on the TSB Bowl stage with his 9 piece ensemble The Kwashibu Area Band.


Pat Thomas and The Kwashibu Area Band was recorded and produced by Graham Kennedy for RNZ Music

Titles: 'Eyah Duom', 'Odoo Be Ba',  'Mewo Akoma', 'Eye Nyam Nam A Mensuro', 'Aser Papa', 'Me Ho Asem', 'Gyae Su', 'Coming Home', 'Yamona', 'I Need More'.

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