He first started exploring African rhythms with the Whitefield Brothers in the late ‘90s, continuing in the ‘00s with Karl Hector & The Malcouns. He’s been instrumental in launching Ghanaian Afro Beat/Funk legend Ebo Taylor´s international career, decades after the maestro recorded the landmark albums that have inspired thousands. Whitefield recorded two new studio albums with Taylor and toured in his band between 2009 and 2013, where he met Taylor’s son Henry and percussionist/Singer Eric Owusu.
The trio now front the Johnny! band and find inspiration not only in Ghana’s hypnotic grooves, but also the full frontal fuzz guitar assault heard on the legion of 70s Zambian Zamrock albums recently reissued by Now-Again. Indeed, Whitefield credits his tours with Zamrock godfathers Rikki Ililonga and WITCH’s Jagari Chanda as instrumental in creating the Johnny’s sonic backdrop. The band is rounded out by Turkish drummer Bernd Oezsevim (Woima Collective, Rodinia) and Indonesian bassist/multi instrumentalist Tomi Simatupang (Whitefield Brothers).
This is Dance Rock at the core with the possibilities to stretch out and go into psychedelic realms.
Johnny! (2) Discography Tracks
Singles & EPs
|NA 7038||Johnny! (2)||I'm Gone (7", Single, Ltd)||Now-Again Records||NA 7038||US||2016||Sell This Version|
|NA 7037||Johnny! (2)||Ago (7", Single, Ltd)||Now-Again Records||NA 7037||US||2016||Sell This Version|
|NA 7036||Johnny! (2)||Only Love (7", Single, Ltd)||Now-Again Records||NA 7036||US||2016||Sell This Version|