by Miriam Rossius
An eight piece collective from Ghanaian capital Accra who has one mission only: Highlife, Highlife, Highlife! Santrofi give an energetic update to that influential style and celebrate it in all its forms: Afro-Cuban rhythm, Calypso, the fast-paced pulse of 70s dance-guitar, the other-worldly sound of Highlife funk, or polyrhythmic beats and melodies of Afrobeat – they all sound like newly invented (at least almost) and set the audience on fire even before Santrofi released their first album.
All band members are awarded musicians who have backed legends like Ebo Taylor and Pat Thomas or latest African stars. Now with their own project they want to bring Highlife back; not only to the world but also to Ghana, where the young generation has forgotten all about this great music.