I was honored to join the Ghanaian music industry for the listening session for multiple-award-winning singer Kuami Eugene’s forthcoming EP dubbed ‘Afro-Highlife’.
The listening session was held at Tigon Creative studios at Abofu in collaboration with 3Music Networks.
The EP is Kuami’s attempt at blending Ghana’s indigenous highlife sound with its current global off-shot Afro-beats.
In an attempt to get the sound right for highlife, Kuami Eugene tapped into minds like George Darko and Obibini Takyi Junior, son of the late highlife great Obibini Takyi.
Kuami Eugene also worked with the Afro-Harmony band on one live recorded record on the EP.
He has released a single titled Bunker, as he ushers in the Extended Play project.
Per what I heard, the EP contains one highlife single and the rest are afro-fusion.
One thing that struck me was that this project isn’t the regular Kuami Eugene we usually hear on the airwaves.
It seems Kuami Eugene is now ready to take a shot at the global scene and afro-highlife is the test.
Personally, I feel it was about time, as Kuami has been a light in the Ghanaian music industry for the past three years and he possesses the attitude and talent of a global star.
On this EP, he experiments with more urban melodies, whiles being daring enough to try new singing techniques.
When you listen to the EP, you might be tempted to draw similarities with either KiDi or Nigeria’s Rema, but so as not to totally lose himself, he keeps a bit of the Kuami Eugene we know in there.
Lynx Entertainment hasn’t announced the release of the EP but once the EP drops, I encourage you all to go and support it.