Pat Thomas (Ghanaian musician)

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Pat Thomas
Pat Thomas, performing live in May 2016 in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Pat Thomas, performing live in May 2016 in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Background information
Birth nameKwabena Nyamekye Amoo-Mensah
Also known asPaa Thomas, Nana Amoo-Mensah I
Born (1946-08-14) August 14, 1946 (age 74)
Agona, Ghana
GenresHighlife
Associated actsEbo Taylor, Kwashibu Area Band

Pat Thomas (born Nana Kwabena Amo Mensah[1]; August 14, 1946) is a Ghanaian vocalist and songwriter. He is widely known for his work in highlife bands of Ebo Taylor.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Pat Thomas was born in the Ashanti region of Ghana. His father was a music theory instructor and his mother a bandleader.

Career[edit]

He started his musical career in the 1960s where he collaborated with Ebo Taylor.[3] In 1974, he formed the band "Sweet Beans" and with them, he recorded his first album False lover. He recorded his second album "Pat Thomas Introduces Marijata" with the band Marijata.[4] After the coup in Ghana in 1979, he relocated to Berlin and later settled in Canada. He is now touring worldwide with his Kwashibu Area Band. In June 2015 they released the album Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band[5] to mark 50 years of his musical career.[6] Thomas is known as “The Golden Voice Of Africa”.

Personal life[edit]

Pat Thomas loves to sing since he grew up in a family which loves music. He also loves to travel.

Awards[edit]

In the year 2015, Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band self-titled album was listed by AllMusic as one of the "Favorite Latin and World Albums"[7].

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First international release for Ghanaian legend Pat Thomas". Music In Africa. 2015-06-25. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  2. ^ "Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band". Music In Africa. 2016-11-01. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  3. ^ "Patrick Thomas, Highlife Artist". www.ghanaweb.com. Archived from the original on 2018-03-22. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  4. ^ "Pat Thomas homepage". Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 10 Dec 2016.
  5. ^ "Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band". Strut records. 12 Mar 2015. Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 10 Dec 2016.
  6. ^ "Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band". Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 10 Dec 2016.
  7. ^ "Pat Thomas | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-01-30.

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