Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wanlov the Kubolor - Ghana's Pidgin Music

Barefoot, in nothing but a t-shirt and mud cloth wrap, wandering the world singing about the life of the people in his native Ghana - Wanlov the Kubolor lives up to his name.

Kubolor means vagabond, truant, bush man - a soul who answers to no one, but leaves his mark on everyone. Born in Ploiesti, Romania Wanlov grew up in Accra, Ghana. He grew up in a very musical household, but it wasn't until he went to college in Texas that he fully immersed himself in a musical career. It was there that he released his debut album, Green Card, fusing hip hop, reggae, afrobeat, afro-pop, hiplife, and highlife.

He calls it “Pidgin” music. "To me Pidgin is the right language. It is the everyday person’s language. Whether the person is a carpenter or all the way to a bank teller or managing director, everybody speaks Pidgin.”(

Wanlov has taken his unique sound around the world, performing at numerous universities, theatres, & club venues throughout the United States; with radio play in Africa, Europe, Australia, North and South America.

Here's a music video of his shot in Ghana - the home he returned to after his stint in the US. His clothing, his vibe, his sound - everything captures the essence of his Kubolor spirit.

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