KODJOVI KUSH and His AFROSPOT All Stars.
This band is all about the joyous sounds of Agbadja, Kamou, Highlife the indigenous authentic dance music of West Africa throughout the whole nineties with a touch of Reggae. Led by charismatic Kodjovi Kush, bassist in Soothsayers and Yesking, African music ambassador extraordinaire. Guitars shine, horns sing, bass and percussion blaze in a true band of all-stars.
Born in Togo West Africa, in a musical environment young Kodjovi enhanced his skills since the age of nine at Lomé Piano Conservatory with Maître Dosseh. But most importantly inherited them from his Father who used to tour Africa with his bands, Eryko Jazz de la Capital, Los Muchachos in the late 50's and the 60's. Kodjovi Kush formed his first band with friends at the age of 15 showing his capacity to put musicians together and lead a music project.
In the 90's was touring France, Switzerland and Belgium with Balafon and Cobato Traditional Ballet Troupes from Togo. Kodjovi landed in London in the mid-nineties, when the Africa Centre was a stronghold for African cultures and home away from home. He has since dedicated himself to gather many of those same musicians to perform with him using the name Jah's Afrik. The connection with some of the greatest African musicians in London led him to join Adesose Wallace's Ibile, Soothsayers and Yesking to perform in the most important live music venues in town and great festivals around the world likeGlastonbury, Reggae Land Poland, Bangladesh World music festival, Womad , The Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, National Theatre, Alexandra Palace, Jazz Cafe, The Hideaway, and many more.
During his career he performed and worked alongside many great artists such as Tony Allen, Keziah Jones, Nana Tsiboe, Seun Kuti, Kologbo,Finley Quaye, Cheikh-Lo, Gregory Isaacs, Johnny Clarke, Cornel Campbell, Michael Prophet, Earl 16, Eska, Akala, to name but few.
Afrospot All Stars has eight or twelve members, a world number one interpreter of Agbajazz, the fusion of Agbadja the traditional music and dance from the Ewe tribe (Togo, Ghana, Benin), its rhythms and time signatures with Jazz and its western influences. This outfit boasts high quality members as Baba Adesose Wallace (Heart Beat, Ibile) on percussions and vocals, Audrey Gbaguidi (Tony allen) on vocals and shakers, Kofi Adu (Highlife International) “drums and percussions”, Idris Rahman (Soothsayers) “tenor sax and flute”, Emanuel Afram (Osibissa) “ Bass”, Nick Walters “Trumpet”, Patrick Hachett (Yesking) “Guitar” Sean Devonshire (African Revolution) Traditional Drums and other stars of the World music scene here in the UK.