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MP3 Kenneth Appiah - Keep On

A fusion of west african and pop rhythms and reggae

16 MP3 Songs
REGGAE: Roots Reggae, WORLD: African- West

Official Bio
From the country of Ghana in West Africa comes Kenneth Appiah, the first African artist to join the Lion of Zion/https://www.tradebit.com family. Kenneth is no stranger to the world of reggae and world music. He learned how to play congas at the tender age of five. Throughout the following years he taught himself to play a myriad of instruments such as drums, bass and guitar and has become a trendsetter in the Reggae/Afropop scene. He was the first to popularize Kpalogo (the rhythm style of Ghana) and bring it into the Christian market.

Kenneth was raised in Chorkor, an old fishing village in the heart of Accra, the bustling capitol of Ghana. At the age of 4, he recalls hearing the songs of the local fisherman. These "call and response" songs were forever ingrained into his memory and have become a part of his sound today on songs like "Aboloo".

In the churches of Ghana, there is only one style of praise and worship which is traditional "highlife" praise. Kenneth has set out to bring a new style of praise music into the churches. Influenced by Steel Pulse, the late Bob Marley, Youssou N''Door and Lucky Dube, Kenneth has dedicated his life to representing the controversial styles of Reggae and Afropop for Christ.

He got his start by performing in the church he grew up in. After high school, he went on to form a group of backing musicians who would come to be known as The Soul Winners. Kenneth Appiah and The Soul Winners have become hugely popular in their home country. They have toured throughout Ghana and Nigeria and have played before crowds of thousands. In Africa they released 3 albums and have won 3 Ghana Gospel Music Awards, one of which was for Best Male Vocal. Their debut single was selected by https://www.tradebit.com for the popular Boomshots! compilation. This resulted in an agreement with Lion of Zion Entertainment to release Kenneth''s debut album.

On his solo debut for Lion of Zion called "Keep On", Kenneth Appiah takes us on a wonderful journey to West Africa with a fusion of Ghanain rhythms, Reggae and Afropop. The first of his kind in the Gospel arena, he has been compared to the likes of Youssou N''Door and Lucky Dube. Over dense percussion, melodic guitars and vibrant horns, he sings captivating songs of praise and worship.

Kenneth is currently on tour in the U.S. and has already performed in New York at the McDonalds Gospel Festival, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Colorado and Arizona.

I am nobody without Christ. If I live I live for him and if I die I die for Him. In all ways I am for Him.--(Kenneth Appiah)

On his solo debut "Keep On", Kenneth Appiah takes us on a wonderful musical journey to West Africa with a fusion of Ghanaian rhythms, Reggae and Afro-pop. The first of it''s kind in the gospel arena; he has been compared to the likes of Youssou N''Dour, Baaba Maal, Alpha Blonde and even Lucky Dube. Over dense percussion, melodic guitars and vibrant horns, he sings captivating songs of praise and worship.

"This is Lion of Zion''s first endeavor back into African or World music since our groundbreaking 2002 compilation ''Africa Anointed'', said Lion of Zion and https://www.tradebit.com president Mark Mohr. " To be honest with you, so much of the gospel music that has been coming out of Africa lately has been sterile or synthetic so when I received Kenneth Appiah''s demos I was blown away. Not only were his lyrics profound and his heart for God evident, I loved the energy of his tracks and the organic sounds that define his music such as live drums, melodic guitars, vibrant horns, dense vocals and hypnotic percussion. After just one listen, my wife (Avion Blackman) and I knew that we had to sign Kenneth to our label and give his incredible music a platform, for it is unlike anything that we had ever heard before--it is musician''s music!"

If his name sounds familiar, there''s a reason; we first heard Kenneth''s reggae sound on https://www.tradebit.com''s "Boomshots!" compilation. On his first full-length US release, Ken gives us more reggae and a heavy dose of West African sounds. This 16-track masterpiece kicks off with galloping percussion on the upbeat "Temple." When I asked Kenneth about the song, he said with his signature raspy voice and a childlike smile, "As King Solomon dedicated the temple to the Lord, so I want to dedicate my body to the Holy Spirit."

Whether he is singing in English or in Twi (a language of Ghana), the spirit of Kenneth''s lyrics still permeate each track. This is particularly evident on songs like "Golgota." full of driving percussion and call and response vocals, it is obvious to my American ears that Ken is singing about the brutal crucifixion of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This song is distinctly Afrobeat, a fusion of Funk and Jazz reminiscent of the sounds of Fela Kuti, a Nigerian musical pioneer.

On the title track Ken''s voice blends harmoniously with the melodic reggae rhythm urging us to "Keep On." On this song he quotes Ecclesiastes, stating "There is nothing new under the sun." Through his inspirational lyrics Ken relays that the only true solution to life''s toughest problems is to keep on placing your trust in the Lord. "Aboloo" is another beautifully composed song with an infectiously hypnotic funk groove that will hook you from your first listen. On this song Kenneth sings about the food that God miraculously provided to the Israelites while they were wandering in the wilderness.

"Menyame Ye" is unquestionably the most meditative song of the bunch. On this Bob Marleyeque niyabinghi styled track Ken leads us into the highest heights of worship. Sounding just like Peter Tosh or Luck Dube, Kenneth sings in various languages that; "My Lord is good, he''s so good to me!" What''s great about Kenneth Appiah''s music is that while it inspires the spirit, it also spurs on the feet. In fact the rhythms are so contagious on songs like "Heaven," "Kotutu", "A B C of Salvation" and "Owenfo" that you just have to get up dance!

Kenneth Appiah''s unique sonic fusion is so different from anything else out there that any gospel reggae enthusiast would be amiss to ignore it. No other artist in the gospel arena has recorded music with the level of complexity involved in "Keep On." It is truly musician''s music. The percussive polyrhythms alone will have you spinning around in circles. Spiritually speaking, this album is undeniably Christian as every song directs you toward God. With five roots cuts there is plenty reggae to satisfy even the staunchest roots aficionado and the remaining African tracks will literally knock your socks off. But don''t just take my word for it--see for yourself. Order your copy today.

Review Mark Mohr and Norah Endebe

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