The album “Alewa” by modern Ghanaian highlife band Santrofi is the top album at the World Music Charts Europe in July 2020.
Since it’s release, “Alewa” has done amazingly well on the charts. Previously occupying the third spot in the month of June, Alewa rose two places up the first day of July as it took over the number one spot on the World Music Charts Europe.
Alewa was released in April through German label Outhere Records and features Santrofi’s modern take on highlife, Afrobeats and ’70s funk.
The album brings a new wave of fresh highlife rooted in the past with knowledge of the future directly from the streets of Accra.
Right from Ghana, Santrofi first appeared at festivals around Europe in the summer of 2019, from Roskilde to Sines and WOMAD. They also stunned their audience at WOMEX 2019 in Finland.
The band has played with the kings of highlife such as Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas, Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Osibisa, George Darko but also the young stars of today like Sarkodie and 2 Face Idibia.
Santrofi’s influences range from the riveting fast-paced pulse of 70s dance-guitar highlife, and the other-worldly sound of Highlife funk to the polyrhythmic beats and melodies that took Afrobeat across the globe.
Source: Ebenezer Donkoh