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! 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, the imposing veteran pan-African vocalist and drummer (not to mention visual artist, storyteller, 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! Booking inquiries: info(at)phildawsonmusic.co.uk



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Hilife Allstars feat. Modou Toure, Kodjovi Kush - Zedel, London W1 5th January

w/ Cubafrobeat, Ronnie Scott's, London 6th January

Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, Manchester, 25th January

Afrobeat Vibration, Jazz Cafe, London 22nd February

w/ Ed Keazor and Ayo Odia, Pitanga, London 8th March

Phil Dawson Quartet w/Marius Rodrigues, Matheus Nova, Maurizio Ravalico, 91 Living Room, London E1, 16th March

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