Ratings and Reviews
When I listen to this guy sing, my being can’t decide if it want’s to cry or simply stop moving. His voice is gripping in ways that words can’t describe: his songs play, and I listen. Truly and genuinely listen. I find his lyrics relatable and the sounds—oooooh the sounds—they will make your skin tingle. Incredible talent xx
This Album is Gold.
… Yet another beautiful voice undeservingly undiscovered.
Kwabs - The One to Watch
Depth, complexity, emotion are all words that come to mind when I think of Kwabs. This young artist has arrived squarely at the very beginning of a long musical journey. He’s invited us into his world through his soulful, gospel-like vocals, and he’s given us glimpses of his personality with tracks that range from artistic instrumental to dub step. Kwabs is having fun with us while telling us a personal story. Some of the SOHN remixes are simply amazing. Two EPs within a few months of each other. I can’t wait for the full album. Collaborations, remixes, acoustic sessions….Watch this space!
London-based neo-soul singer Kwabs went from posting covers on YouTube to a contract with Atlantic in three short years, thanks to tips from the media and the willingness of some hot producers to believe in his talent. Born Kwabena Sarkodee Adjepong in London in 1990, he grew up in Bermondsey in central London, spending part of his childhood in the foster care system. Raised on a combination of soul, electronica, rock, classical and jazz, he was first noticed by his school music teacher, who introduced him to the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, where he was a lead vocalist for three years. After finishing school, he went on to study jazz at the Royal Academy of Music, and then was chosen to appear in the 2011 reality TV series Goldie's Band, in which '90s drum'n'bass star Goldie put together a band of kids from troubled upbringings for a royal performance at Buckingham Palace.
Nonetheless, Kwabs never had any notion of seriously pursuing music as a career until his unadorned YouTube cover of Corinne Bailey Rae's "Like a Star" became a massive viral hit, racking up 100,000 views. He was approached with a management contract, and decided to take music farther. He released a few original songs on YouTube, leading to his being hotly tipped by MTV and BBC radio and securing a deal with Atlantic. On his 2014 debut EP, Wrong or Right, he collaborated with London-born, Vienna-based producer Sohn. The melancholy songs on the EP set his smooth, powerful baritone voice to a minimalist, synthesized backing somewhat reminiscent of the Human League. The style was dubbed "Synth&B," and the collaboration drew comparisons to that between Seal and Adamski back in the '90s. A second EP, Pray for Love, and a more upbeat single, "Walk," followed. Kwabs also worked with Dave Okumu on his debut album, which was expected to be released in 2015. ~ John D. Buchanan
- London, England
- April 24, 1990