Artist: Elikeh

Album: Kondona

Release Date: 2015-11-20

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Elikeh hails from the heart of our nation's capital, Washington, D.C. Elikeh's music is often classified as Afropop, as it draws on the musical influence of the West Coast of Africa. Based in indigenous traditions, Elikeh's music has no borders, exploring global themes and personal odysseys.

about the artist

Elikeh, which aptly takes its name from an African word meaning “rooted-ness,” hails from the heart of our nation's capital, Washington, D.C. Elikeh's music is often classified as Afropop, as it draws on the musical influence of the West Coast of Africa. Yet, by blending Togolese rhythms and global themes with American rock, funk, and jazz, Elikeh creates a danceable sound that is unique and completely their own. Based in indigenous traditions, Elikeh's music has no borders, exploring global themes and personal odysseys.

Elikeh released Adje! Adje! in 2010. The band considered that album to be their very first, even though Massama Dogo had put out the album Nyade in 2007 under the name Elikeh. In 2012 the band released Between 2 Worlds, which features guest appearances by Malian guitarist, Vieux Farka Toure, and John Kadlecik, lead Guitarist of Furthur and Dark Star Orchestra.

The group's leader, Massama Dogo, was born in Togo and developed his singing and songwriting ability performing there with several local bands. Other members of the band hail from neighboring nations, including Nigeria and Ghana, as well as several U.S. natives rounding out the group.

After a long hiatus, Elikeh is releasing their new EP, Kondona, on November 20th, 2015.