Thursday, 17 January 2013

Konkoma/Auntie Flo - 'Handkerchief'

World Music Corner

KonKoma - 'Handkerchief' (2012)

Ooof it's cold! But no worries as here's a band that's guaranteed to pack some heat back into your thermals! KonKoma, named after a northern Ghanaian tribe renowned for their colour and rhythms, are a London-based band who, although formed last year, sound like they were in Ghana circa 1970. They consist of musicians from different backgrounds however at their core are two old friends who have played the circuit, acting as session musicians for a number of famous artists as well as being one time members of the Afro Funk outfit, Osibisa. As well as an unmistakeable retro Ghanaian Highlife vibe, their sound is dripping in Funk with a blend of Jazz and Soul which had me hooked from the off, bouncing in the seat of my car on the way to work.

op op op, Ghana-style!

One of the band member's aunties and resident chef, Auntie Flo, sometimes steps in as a DJ and if she can cook as well as she can mix then they are very lucky boys indeed. Here she's managed to rustle up a pretty mean Afro Electro remix of the stand out track, 'Handkerchief'.

Ok, that was really poor! Auntie Flo, real name Brian D'Souza, is in fact a Glasgow-based Goan DJ who specialises in Afrocentric dance music. As well as providing this track for a forthcoming KonKoma remix EP, he also released an album last year entitled 'Future Rhythm Machine'. It's really good food for the soul though.

I discovered KonKoma, Auntie Flo and similar artists on Soundway Records' best of 2012 playlist which you can subscribe to on Spotify's nice.

Why not have a browse of the Soundway Records website for more info on Konkoma and others, or visit Auntie Flo's kitchen and see what he's cooking.

While you're at it...why not have a listen/subscribe to TuneDr's World Music Corner Spotify playlist below or have a look at some other WMC posts here..

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17 January 2013 at 08:37

Great stuff! Just the job on this bitter morning. Checkin' out more goodies on the playlist right now.

19 January 2013 at 12:29

Brilliant! So this is what the Ocean's Eleven soundtrack would sound like if there was a Ghanaian version! The jazz and funk influences are right up my street, it put a smile on my face. And a smile will bring a sunshine day!

23 January 2013 at 13:30

This is excellent stuff and every now and again you can hear the Osibisa infuence. The second one is tremendous also.