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A Vinyl Mix Of Rarities & Classics From Pat Thomas, The Ghanaian 'Golden Voice Of Africa'

Stream a mixtape of 1980s rarities and classics from Ghanaian highlife star Pat Thomas, "The Golden Voice of Africa"


Last month Strut Records released Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band, an album that featured full band rearrangements of Ghanaian highlife star Pat Thomas's 1980s classics with new contributions from Tony AllenEbo Taylor, multi-instrumentalist Kwame Yeboah and saxophonist Ben Abarbanel-Wolff. Pat Thomas Highlife Selecion, a new mixtape from Strut compiler Duncan Brooker (Nigeria 70, Next Stop Soweto), follows that LP with a 45-minute excursion into rare and classic cuts from the Ghanaian "Golden Voice of Africa." Highlights include the original 1978 version of Thomas' recent airy single "Gyae Su" and the tireless 1980 tune "Yamona: Disco Hi-Life." Stream our premiere of Brooker's Pat Thomas Highlife Selection mix below and purchase Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band LP, which features hand-drawn artwork by London designer/illustrator Lewis Heriz, from Strut Records.

'Pat Thomas Highlife Selection. Vinyl Mix By Duncan Brooker' Tracklist

1. YAMONA: DISCO HI-LIFE (Pan African Records, 1980)

2. WE ARE COMING HOME (Gapophone, 1975)

3. GYAE SU (Nakasi Records, 1978)

4. MEWO AKOMA (Sankofa, 1980)

5. AWURADE MPAEBO (Gapophone, 1976)

6. ODO A ME DO WOYI (JAP Records, 1986)

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Watch Focalistic & Vigro Deep’s New Music Video For ‘Ke Star’

The 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.

South African artist Focalistic has released a music video to accompany his hit single, "Ke Star" featuring Vigro Deep.

The rising artist continues solidifying his place with his effortless skill of blending his hip-hop roots with a love for amapiano.

South Africans certainly loved it enough to let it into their homes. Social media users quickly began sharing videos of themselves dancing away their lockdown woes to "Ke Star," helping share the track all over the world.

Directed by Steezus in Focalistic's childhood stomping ground, Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 2, the artist mentions: "The video was to try to explain the song in its fullest form and more importantly tell a genuine South African story. We're pushing a movement and there has to be visual representation." He certainly is representing the nation with pride.


Watch the music video for "Ke Star" here.


Focalistic Ke Star (Official Music Video) ft Vigro Deep www.youtube.com

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