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KWESI K BIOGRAPHY
Soulful music runs through our life like water. It feeds a hunger, satisfies the heart, and reaches out for connection. Joy, passion, peace and pain are lifted through sound, creating a touchstone of emotion. For some, that well runs deep & wide; with t he potential to transcend the moment. Kwesi K’s voice is a vehicle for that emotion; as clear as a running stream and as expressive as his story suggests.
Born within the glow of the Northern Lights of Anchorage, Alaska, Kwesi has seen much in his young life and time. From a West African father of Ghanaian descent and a mother from Ft. Wayne Indiana, his music is a tapestry of relaxed grooves and melodic hooks that stay true to his world view and artistic nature. Raised in Ohio, Kwesi soaked up sounds from his older brother’s cd collection – folk, soul, rap, alternative and rock, setting the stage for his musical journey. Lucky to have a sibling employed at a record shop, he would regularly borrow his brothers’ discs, absorbing all styles from Dave Matthews to Alanis Moriestte, to Boyz II Men and Bone Thugs to traditional Ghanaian gospel reggae and his father’s 70s and 80s soul music, it created a blend of his very own that would later be a key component in the sound of his music.
Searching for his path, and with a talent for athletics, his road East and out of Ohio was paved by a football scholarship to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Within the first year and a half however, his artistic nature took hold, as Kwesi put sports in the rearview, committing his energy and vision to photography, as well as writing and performing songs with friends at local coffee houses. This creative shift, aided by his gypsy spirit, propelled him to Europe where he fell in with the bohemian life. As he explains, “I wanted to get out of town for a while so I studied abroad in Barcelona. I had been playing guitar more frequently, so I decided to bring it along with my camera. I fell in love with the Spanish-European culture. I learned the language, avoided all Americans, and documented the whole trip. When I eventually ran out of money, I started busking with my guitar. One day I found myself writing on the side of a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean, when I realized I wanted to, and could possibly become a songwriter.”
Blessed with a visual eye and an understated vocal presence, Kwesi K speaks with a cool, clear voice in a world evolving at the speed of light. Bringing a ‘less is more’ approach to his art and music, Kwesi is beginning to make a name in the alt- indie genre with an acoustic /electric blend that is at once, compelling and relaxed, melodic and rhythmic, and ultimately can’t be denied.