Ghanaian-Austrian singer ANBULEY has the European beat blogs sipping her blueberry kool-aid. The singer has been conjuring dance floor magic with her Afro-Electronica anthems over the past couple of years. Vintage soul, pop vigor, gutter funk, and electric purple synths make a sweet brew.
Blending the old school Ga she learned from her grandmother and the European dance music she grew up with on the club scene, Anbuley’s hot kelewele jams will keep you in a good sweat. In addition to music and dance, (peep her quick-footed shuffle in Kemo’ Yoo Keke) Anbuley is also a damn beautiful performance artist.
Check out Anbuley’s iconography below along with excerpts from an interview with Marflix of Tropical Bass earlier this year:
I am born in Vienna. My father is from Ghana and went to Vienna to study. We moved to Ghana when I was four years old and stayed there another five years. It didn’t work out in Ghana as planned and we came back to Vienna.
I have always been Ghanaian and I also grew up in that mindstate. I had no Austrian passport that time because our plan was to go back to Ghana. Later when it became clear that we stay in Vienna I became Austrian citizen.
For me it is kinda funny because I was Ghanaian most of the time, but not all the time and also I am born in Vienna. Basically it doesn’t matter, I am both and I enjoy both sides – I feel generously gifted. On the other hand I would never call myself a Viennese – even if I talk Vienna slang. I look like a Ghanaian and perhaps I’m Afro-Viennese – but people wouldn’t understand that anyway.
The track ‘Kemo’ Yoo Keke’ – just say yes – is about oppression. You often meet people in your life who want you to say yes to everything. The lyrics are about a man who tried to oppress me, what an idiot.
That’s why I don’t want to explain it anymore. If people want to see me as Viennese, okay then – but I do not feel like that. In Ghana are my roots, my mother and my father are Ghanaian.
I sing about topics which move me and occupy my mind – that could be also fashion or shoes, not necessarily big issues.
You can’t make music if you don’t feel like that, people will hear it when it’s faked. Look at me – I am a stranger at first glance, that’s why I don’t feel like home.
I’m born into the European club music, so I am both – and doing Ghanaian music wouldn’t be me. I fly to Ghana soon and I hope to meet many people there.
In the end it must happen spontaneous, cause I can only work with people I like, and that can’t be planned.
I believe there are a lot like Ambuley in the Diaspora … if they could all make bold decisions like ambuley and choose to do Ghanaian music in one way or the other, it would raise Ghanaian music to gain some respectable positions among the countries with respectable and widely recognized music industry.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, @osei212. Anbuley is a great example of a Ghanaian musician taking a bold leap forward with her craft. Cheers.
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