Why you should LOVE Bridgette Amofah
Filtering through my music collection of alternative, old school jazz, the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James clock my attention. I’ll play some selected favourites.
When I was in Ghana, I grew to love the beats of Araba Lawson, their tune ‘Czar’ was played continuously and Celeo. This was traditional Ghanaian music, mixed in with a rife alternative acoustic sound. These weren’t Reggae beats, they were African beats.
I didn’t realise at the time, that in the recording studios of East London, was a singing goddess in the making – Bridgette Amofah.
Bridgette is of Ghanaian decent, but has lived most of her life in east London. She is a former model and would describe her music as ‘Epic Pop’ I would agree. Her debut single, ‘What it Takes’ (which I now have on repeat for atleast 25 minutes a day) has a strong sense of 80’s synth. This comes as no surprise, considering her influences range as wide as The Doors, Minnie Ripperton, Burt Bacharach and Nina Simone – the intonation and dry sensual level to her voice actually reminds me of Simone.
Though her debut album is due to be released later this year, Bridgette has been in the music scene since mid 2007. She has worked with french artist Sebastian Tellier and has been playing at venues across London and the UK.
I love the fact that she sings as well as plays randon yet traditional ghanian instruments like the drums. She also mixes melodies with the xylophone and omnichord. It’s good that she has taken the time to create her own sound before releasing her album; managing to test the waters and enabling her to have more creative control. The early sneak peaks give the public a good idea of what to expect from the album.
I personally think it would be great if artists like Bridgette could collaborate with traditional african singers such as Salif Kieta or Reggae artists, like Mishka and Alpha and Omega. The meeting of the two would be an incredible sound.
I for one can’t get enough of her music and I am looking forward to listening to the rest of her album, in hope of hearing classic african beats teamed up with a pop infusion. How about collaborating with the piano Miss Amofah?