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Santrofi

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Santrofi in Akan mythology is the tale of a precious rare and precious bird, identified by its bright colors and four wings.
So unique, it was forbidden to be hunted; If caught to hold, was a symbol of bad omen, if spotted and left to fly away, a great treasure will be forfeit. Santrofi is revered for the clarity of its vision and the transformative beauty and power of its song.


Very proverbial of the new vintage-inspired Highlife, Highlife Funk and Afrobeat, Santrofi is a collective of celebrated young musicians known within Ghana’s music circles. Led by Bassist/ producer Emmanuel Ofori who rose from the immutable Ebo Taylor, and Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band to form his own collective deeply informed by vintage Ghanaian highlife music in all its forms. This wall of sound, although long lost and forgotten, is back with effortless ease and with a progressive edge like it never left.

Santrofi’s debut album ‘Alewa’ captures the influence from the diverse, yet, intertwined eras of the journey of Ghana’s Highlife’s music. On bass guitar is Emmanuel Ofori, electric lead guitars, Dominic Quarchie (Ghana’s Music Awards’ winner of instrumentalist of the year 2018) on the rhythm guitar and lead vocals Nsoroma, Bernard Gyamfi on trombone and shekere, Norbert Wonkyi on trumpet, Flugelhorn and bells, Prince Larbi on drums and vocals. Emmanuel Boakye Agyeman on organs, fender rhodes and vocals, Victor Nii Amoo on percussions

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