Thursday, January 14, 2010

African Music Exploration, Pt. 2: K. Frimpong and his Cubano Fiestas

For the second entry of our African music exploration, I bring to you K. Frimpong and his Cubano Fiestas. Information on them is scarce, but what I can tell you is that Alhaji K. Frimpong was a Ghanaian highlife singer, and that he passed away in October 2005. As to whether his Cubano Fiestas are actually Cuban, I'm not sure. He is best known for the song Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu, which appears on several compilations, including the previously mentioned Ghana Special from Soundaway Records. The song is a blend of latin jazz and African rhythms, with the Ghanaian highlife vocals sprinkled on top. There is a great underlying groove driving the song forward, and some awesome latin sounding horn solos. Highly recommended.
Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu - K. Frimpong and his Cubano Fiestas

Click here for earlier African Music Exploration features.


Mary said...

this is an amazing tune - where can I buy it?

Timmy Mc said...

As mentioned, it is on the Ghana Special compilation from Soundaway Records. You can buy a physical copy on their website, and it is available for digital download on both iTunes and Amazon MP3.