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South London and Ghananian born 23-year-old artist Kwabena Sarkodee Adjepon, better known, as Kwabs is getting a lot of deserved attention. It’s no surprise that Atlantic records have signed him as he has made other emerging artist seem quite mediocre. Listening to his beats is bound to trap you into a blissful emotional trance with his deep gospel voice fused with enchanting dark musicality. With a voice that is reminiscent of the forever-talented Seal and D’Angelo, Kwabs powerful and extremely soulful voice leads you through a euphoric inspiring sound journey.
Kwabs performing a stripped acoustic session
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My first encounter with Kwabs was when I heard his cover to James Blake’s awesome track “The Wilhelm Scream,” a song anyone can automatically connect with. His first cover encapsulates his tone and the emotions with a sound that captivates what this generation’s music scene was in need of. At first you may need a moment to adjust yourself, to make sure what you thought you just heard is correct but rest assured he is that good. Kwabs is definitely bound to be a household name with a voice that may someday be the soundtrack to the next Bond movie (Yes, the next ‘Bond’ Movie!)
Kwabs in his musical element
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Even efforts to gain tickets to witness him live was an unfortunate pursuit as avid resilient fans had already beat me to it and the long and short was I was just not quick enough as tickets sold out instantly. Kwabs music captures you in a way unlike no other that you will find yourself lost in a fixated rhythmic melody captured by his haunting words. His voice and lyrics posses the power to hurt you then heal you with pitch perfection on each track and he never fails to deliver.
Kwabs undoubtedly has talent reaffirmed by his songs “The Last Standand” “Perfect Ruin” a few months later I knew the music scene was on to a winner. You only need listen and be left in awe He has a gift for the art and a limitless, bright future ahead. In an interview with Clash Music Kwabs discussed his inspiration behind his truly unique musical blends “I listen to Frank Ocean and I listen to Janelle Monáe and I look back at all that history, especially male singers who I really admire. I just try to remember that there is a way of channelling that. A way to keep the fire of that music alive.” (Read the whole review on the artist here on Clash Music)
Listen to our favourite picks below and visit his social media:
KWABS – The Wilhelm Scream James
KWABS – The Last stand
Experience the haunting, and effortless vocals.