Kwame D perform a rich variety of well known soul and reggae, along with original rhythmical material guaranteed to get you on your feet.
Jeff Willacy and Kwame Yempew first met in 1998 in Leeds, coming from completely different backgrounds, their music instantly gelled.
Now with the permanent addition of long standing guest bassist Dave Willacy, they continue to build a reputation as being a great crowd pleasing band.
With previous bookings at The Cambridge folk festival, Solfest, Musicport,
The Big Weekend, Leeds City Varieties and many more, they are looking forward to continuing through 2011 and in to with the same enthusiasm.
The combination of Kwame’s powerful vocals and guitar, Jeff's rhythmical percussion and Dave's funky yet driving bass lines gives an uplifting sound, that is Kwame D
“Kwame’s extraordinary voice— notable for its amazing range,
expressive shading and totally natural, unselfconscious emotional power, matched by his strong and idiosyncratic guitar style which incorporates infectious blues, soul and reggae in roughly equal measure.”
Jeff's use of percussive instruments such as the Djembe (originally from the Gambia and Senegal), the Moroccan clay bongos, the dolak from India, the Dabourka, Congas and many more, all in combination with chimes and cymbals, set the seal on Kwame's
self-developed percussive guitar style, creating a joyous blend.
With three albums so far, "Falling Down Tonight", an EP released in 2000, and "Things Are Lookin' Up", a 12 track album released in 2002, (re-issued in 2006), and a Live album released in 2007.
Their music has its roots from Kwame's Ghanaian background with influences from soul greats such as
Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, mixed with the african style of artistes such as Youssou N'Dour, Fela Kuti, Spanish and Mexican guitar influences from The Gypsy Kings, Carlos Santana and also the style of reggae legend Bob Marley.