hilife allstars

Hilife Allstars are a unique collective of the cream of UK-based mainly West African musicians who come together to play some of the classic repertoires of the past 70 years of the hilife genre, plus their own originals in this style. Highlife/hilife was (and continues to be) one of the major African musical innovations, originating in the 1930s – a style as broadly inclusive as Funk or Reggae, with its own great stars, and which constantly updates itself in the same way. It’s at least as danceable as well! Our featured musicians so far include Nana Tsiboe, the amazing vocalist and percussionist who has played with everyone from Ali Farka Toure to Marvin Gaye; Adesose Wallace, pan-African vocalist, songwriter and drummer (not to mention visual artist, storyteller and well-known educator) with roots in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Nigeria; Kodjovi Kush, bass player, vocalist and animator extraordinaire from Togo; Phil Dawson, a British guitar player who has worked with the top artists from all 4 corners of Africa and has an amazingly broad pedigree in this genre; kit drummer Kofi Adu, co-founder of the legendary Hilife International band. Godwin Awala from Nigeria has regularly featured on percussion too. Guest artists are frequently present too; we have recently featured the amazing singer Audrey Gbaguidi who luckily for us is now living in London after touring and recording with the legendary Tony Allen for the last few years. This great party band works as a trio, quartet, quintet or sextet! We play regularly in the West End of London; get in touch for our dates or booking inquiries: info(at)phildawsonmusic.co.uk

Baba Adesose Wallace

Our dear friend, mentor and colleague Baba Adesose has recently passed away. He had a glorious send-off in West London with at least 2 days of drumming, singing, dancing and stories to celebrate his life.



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w/ Dele Sosimi, Cape Town, South Africa, 23-25 March

w/ Nina Miranda, Maurizio Ravalico - Burgh House, London NW3, 27th March

w/ Hilife Allstars, Zedel, London, 13th April

w/Cubafrobeat, Jazz Cafe, London, 29th April

w/Cubafrobeat, World Village Festival, Helsinki, 25th May

Phil Dawson trio w/Jon Clark and Guillaume Ottaviani, Harry Cook, Cheltenham, 30th May

Phil Dawson/Chris Cobbson duet, Cheltenham, 18th July

Felabration w/ Falz, Awilo, A.Star etc, Indigo at the O2, 30th August

w/Domenico Lancelotti, Nina Miranda, Carwyn Ellis, House of St Barnabas W1, 22nd November

w/Rowland Sutherland Ensemble, EFG London Jazz Fest, Purcell Room SW1, 24th November

Phil Dawson Quartet, 91 Living Room, 4th January 2020