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Afro-fusion melts into three20south

KIMBERLY NICOLETTIsummit daily news

Who: Paa Kow & By All Means BandWhen: TonightWhere: three20south, BreckenridgeWhere’d the name come from? “By All Means Band” was Paa Kow’s band in Ghana. It was comprised of a large group of Accra’s best session musicians. When they booked their first show, they hired the musicians available that day. When they were asked their band’s name, the band replied, “We don’t have a name yet, but By All Means, we’ll play a great show.” The name stuck and has been Paa Kow’s band’s name ever since.Home base: The band has called many places home. It started in Accra, Ghana, then in Memphis, Tenn., and now Boulder.Type of music: We call our music “Afro-fusion.” It’s a unique blend of West African rhythms, highlife music from Ghana, and American jazz, rock and funk.If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? Our music would be a delicious stew made up of savory ingredients such as highlife, Afrobeat, soukous, funk, jazz and rock. Then stir in a lot of peppers to make it nice and spicy, finished to enjoy atop a solid bed of tasty rhythm-rice.Why do people love ya? The unique blend of music styles and rhythms is infectious. We like to play great music that people can dance to, and who doesn’t love that?How do you keep it fresh? We keep our shows fresh by constantly rehearsing, learning new songs and re-arranging old ones. This keeps things fresh for ourselves, as well as making every show a new experience for the listener.


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