He has been based in Colorado in the United States since 2007 and has only made a couple of quick visits home since then but drummer, Paa Kow is around now and would allow music fans to hear what he has been up to over the last eight years at a concert scheduled for Sunday, January 17 at the +233 Jazz Bar and Grill in Accra.
Before leaving for the United States at the invitation of the University of Colorado to play with the university’s highlife ensemble, Paa Kow was a notable drummer on the Ghanaian scene.
He played live on stage and also recorded in the studio with acts such as Kojo Antwi, Amandzeba, George Darko and Amakye Dede as well as the Western Diamonds and Megastar bands.
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In Colorado, he also spent some time with the By All Means quintet and featured as a session player for various touring and recording artistes. He, however, leads his own band now which has played at several jazz festivals across the United States.
He has also toured Switzerland, Italy, Holland, England and France and currently has two albums under his own name. They are Hand Go Hand Come (2012) and Ask (2014). Another album, he says, would be out later this year.
Paa Kow’s strong point as a drummer has been his ability to effectively tap from the boundless rhythms in Ghana and Africa. He has ditched the conventional Western jazz drum kit and surrounds himself with a set of African drums these days.
“I love what I call ‘my African grooves’ and the set I use now gives me the right tones for the overall sound I seek,” says Paa Kow.
For the +233 gig, he will play with a band of seven locally-based musicians he has put together specifically for the programme.