Fra Band gears up for 'Fraternity' album launch

By: Kouame Koulibaly
Fra Band
Fra Band set for maiden album launch
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Fra, the refreshingly different band that is delighting audiences is set to launch its first album on Friday, August 10 at the Piano Bar in Teshie, Accra.

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Fra is a band of five exuberant young men who only know how to thrill audiences whenever they get on stage.

It comprises George Gogoe Ashirifie (bass/ vocals), Joshua Virgen Boateng (drums/vocals/percussion), Selorm Dornyoh (guitar/ vocals), Martin Adjartey (keyboards/vocals) and Maxwel Klu Oboetey (guitar).

Their ever-expanding sphere of fans can now hear some of the sparkling tunes they have been treated to at the band’s live shows, on the 10-track album called Fraternity.

Started in 2015 at Nungua in Accra, Fra initially tackled mainly cover versions of popular songs at its shows.

The young squad quickly realised they were capable of creating their own catchy stuff and that’s what they have been enthusiastically doing over the last two years.

“We employ a group songwriting process to ensure that the final work adequately reflects the opinions of all of us,” the says the band whose name means ‘mix’ in Twi.

As a way of staying true to its name, Fra employs a fusion of ideas that reflect their appreciation of wide musical sources. The aim is to expose their dexterity and draw in fans with varying tastes.

The tracks on Fraternity which rope in elements like Highlife, Afrobeat, Techno, Rock and Reggae, largely succeed at that.

Songs on the album are Mmaa (ft. Adomaa), Fra In the Building (ft. Reynolds the Gentleman), Ego Bee (ft. Dave the Musicbox), Party and Crazy (ft. MaaYaa).

The rest are Akono Ba (ft. Kyekyeku & Senku Band), Another Day (ft. Robin Huws), Lover (ft. Kueiqu Afro and Susan Augustt), Kokonsa (ft. Six strings) and Moments (ft. O'minor).

There is a bonus track, Happy Yourself (remix ft.Efya).

Fra has been seriously rehearsing toward the 8:00pm launch and the members trust the event would help consolidate them as one of the most exciting and versatile bands on the contemporary scene.