Santrofi is a box-fresh group of young musicians from the Ghanaian capital of Accra, led by bass player Emmanuel Ofori.


They just played their first European tour across festivals as Roskilde, Sines, Womad, Fusion among others, where they left both the promoters as the public in awe, naming this band as their highlight of the festivals.


The band makes up a new highlife powerhouse consisting of outstanding talent, playing this beautiful up-tempo and guitar-driven style, which was created in the early 20th century.

‘Alewa’ [pronounced ‘alaywa’] is street slang for a popularly known local black and white striped sweet made from sugar. Alewa is also a metaphor alluding to the need to recognize, accept, tolerate and embrace racial diversity to build a world with love and unity. This song is one about unity and is multi-layered in its implications, literal and metaphorical.

Sasha Gankin met them for the BBC in their hometown Accra / Ghana to talk about their new single and their upcoming album ‘Alewa’.