Koby Maxwell’s name may not be known to many Ghanaians because he is based in the US, but his face is certainly not new in the Ghanaian music industry.
For over 20 years, Kobby has been a major force to reckon with in Ghana’s music. He was a staunch member of the then Amazing Six Band which played at several occasions including the erstwhile exciting high-life programme, Guinness For Your Dancing Feet.
He had also handled the bass guitar for such favourite music stars as Daddy Lumba, Ofori Amponsah, Amakye Dede, Rama Brew and the Tagoe Sisters among others. He also played several times with Kojo Antwi and even toured Europe with the maestro.
It was after that tour that Kobby decided to take his career to another level by not only playing the bass guitar but also doing some singing. Thus he left for the US in 1997 to nurture his dream.
While in the US, he started singing in the church as well as leading choir and teaching people to sing in the church. Finally when he managed to get himself acquainted with the US system, he released two separate albums which made great impact, he told BEATWAVES in an exclusive interview.
The first album which came out in 2002 was titled ‘Praise the Lord’ while the second in 2004 was titled ‘Pepele’ – a Congolese word which means ‘Flying with the Lord.’
Songs on the albums were unique music mixed with a taste of Europe, a twist of America and a squeeze of Africa, all stirred up to create a colorful and powerful sound of Fusion.
“I did gospel to honour the Lord,” Koby told BEATWAVES.
Determined to familiarize himself with his Ghanaian fans, Kobby is set to unleash his third album titled “I’m Aware.” The 10-track album is a combination of hip-life and high-life rhythms he refers to as “fusion music”.
It would be launched with a big release party in Ghana which is expected to attract some foreign artistes.
Kobby is the eldest of seven children. He hails from Saltpong in the Central Region and had his high school education at St. Augustine’s Senior High School in Cape Coast.
Kobby’s God-given musical gifts and abilities have ushered him into prominent places in the US such as the Kennedy Center in that nation’s capital and the Radio City Music Hall in the Big Apple, New York City.
He shared the stage with international artistes as Sean Paul, Sanchez, Ziggy Marley, Bunny Wailer and Farther of Afrikan Music Salif Keita and many more.
He also promoted African music in the US by supporting local artistes who come to perform in the US.
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