The Ghana Music Awards (South Africa) is an award show which showcases South African based Ghanaian musicians. The voting has already started from the 1st of September 2018 up until the 30th of September. More details are available on the website.
DrumPIPO which is an Afro-Jazz artist and music producer based in Pretoria (South Africa), is up for 8 nominations across the “South African based artist” categories. Voting instructions are also available from the website. The awards will be held on 3rd of November 2018 at the Ebony Lounge.
DrumPIPO Ensemble is an Afro Jazz band founded by Philip Sowah who is Ghanaian by birth and now based in Pretoria, South Africa. A multi talented act who have performed across the globe including Africa, Asia and America. Their sound is generally unique as an Afro Jazz genre.
The first album titled Dreams Come Alive was all over the international market on iTunes, Amazon Music, Deezer, Google Play and other digital download stores, which made a huge impact to the band’s fans and followers.
DrumPIPO Ensemble has just released a new album, Christmas in Africa which is currently available on all major digital download stores and CDs can be ordered vie the DrumPIPO Facebook Page. You can check out the tracks on the latest album off their SoundCloud profile.
Philip Sowah proudly has this to say:
“This is the next big thing to happen in my entire career and I believe that this album will set a pace for many African musicians to follow…
Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to you in advance!! “
In this climate where individualism is a mantra exhibited by most modern contemporaries, the prominence of music bands seems to be waning. One can perhaps attribute this to the ‘quick fix microwave’ culture we see today. The music industry is now fixated on the cheap convenience of churning single after single, album after album and mixtape after mixtape with the least time and financial investment possible.
DrumPIPO Ensemble is a band that is all about the cause of “the collective” first. They are a body of work which encompasses a coming together of musicians from all corners, musically and geographically. The group is made up of members from different parts of Africa whose diverse sound is integrated in song. Since 2009 they have quietly established a tenured career as a band and have just recently released their second studio album titled Dreams Come Alive.
We caught up with Philip Sowah, who’s the face of the band. Philip spoke to us about the incredible story of how they beat the odds and managed to remain together as a unit, gaining traction and gigging around South Africa.
DrumPIPO Ensemble is a band that has been assembled from all part of Africa and are based in the Republic of South Africa. They specialise in the Afro-Pop category and can be regarded as folk musicians.
They have an album out entitled Dreams Come Alive which is available for purchase on iTunes. You can also check out a few of their singles off Dreams Come Alive the album on their SoundCloud profile. Where you can stream singles such Living The Dream, Dedede Kwawe, Lobola, Chicken Stew and Days Gone By.
Be on the look out for our interview with Mr Philip Sowah from the DrumPIPO Ensemble, coming in the next few weeks.