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Afla Sackey & Afrik Bawantu

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Afla Sackey & Afrik Bawantu has been captivating audience with Sackey’s musical creations since the band was formed in 2006.
Vibrant percussion accompanied by high-powered bass lines and roaring brass combine to create their own take on afrofunk /jazz/ afrobeat fusion with an energy that drives audiences to dance floors. Even the bands name Bawantu means “Let's Dance” which was influenced by the cultural legacy of dance being everyday life in Afla’s community.
Ghanaian-born percussionist, vocalist and composer started his creative life as a dancer with the Bukom Ensemble of Ghana, known for their folk-driven
rhythms. Sackey’s elders soon recognised the musical potential of this youth and encouraged him with careful guidance and training.
Alfa’s talent has been recognised by many well established musicians whom he has collaborated with and recorded as a session musician. Great artists such
Afla Sackey handpicked talented graduates from the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and SOAS University to form the band.
Many musicians have changed since, but they all have enhanced the cross-cultural collaboration.
Today the band has achieved a unique sound with a line-up of varied instruments and musicians from Ghana, Nigeria, Spain, Israel, England, Greece South Africa, Italy, Finland and France.

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