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King Ayisoba + Zea + DJ John Stapleton

Sat 12 April 2014 // 20:00

Saturday 12 April, 8.00pm, £7 advance, £9 on the door

King Ayisoba
The traditional kologo music of the Upper East Region of Ghana, delivered with the energy and flavour of the twenty first century. King Ayisoba sings in Frafra, Twi and in English and is a big star in Ghana, where a whole new scene is starting after he introduced the super-catchy kologo beats to bigger audiences in Ghana and abroad. A two-string guitar with a calabash gourd resonator, the kologo is rhythmic and melodic at the same time.

Traditionally, kologo performances occur at local pito bars, weddings, funerals, festivals or spontaneous jams on the street. Today we will see the force and spirit here and around the corner, learn wise lessons, and dig up the future.


Performances by Zea (Arnold de Boer of The Ex) are always a complete blast. He deploys guitar and sampler for an almighty bout of crazily high-energy songs. Urgent lyrics over guitar, roughshod beats and grimy basslines. Joyfully obstinate, wonderfully bonkers!

"It's incredibly bonkers, that's for sure, but it's so bloody energetic, so bullheaded and so schizophrenic in its approach to crafting a tune that you simply can't fail to be impressed by it... The results are astonishing." Incendiary Magazine

John Stapleton

Bristol's own eclectic vinyl obsessive John Stapleton will be spinning in the bar afterwards.