This traditional acoustic band from Africa will also make its debut in the first Open Air Stage season at the House of Music Hungary. The Ghanaian Alostmen will get you on your feet and dancing at their free concert with their trance-inducing rhythms made on the buhera, an instrument made from an oil can. They will perform their debut album, Kologo, released worldwide in 2021 on Strut Records, and are guaranteed to demonstrate why they deservedly won the Discovery of the Year award at last year's Songlines, the most prestigious world music magazine awards. Not to mention that they will be performing at the Peter Gabriel-founded WOMAD festival immediately before their House of Music show. This is their very first tour of Europe, indeed, the first time they've been seen live outside Africa.
Alostmen were discovered on the street by Wanlov, also known in Hungary from the Fok'n Bois, who will be performing alongside the band at this concert. In this four-piece combo formed by Stevo Atambire, the frontman plays the strumming guitar- or banjo-like instrument, the kolongo, in this formation a version of a buhera made from an oil can; and he himself may be a familiar face given that he played a memorable show in Budapest in 2019 as a guest of Abáse and The Mabon Dawud Republic. "We call ourselves Alostmen (meaning ’lost people’) because we were lost on the streets, the forgotten people," Stevo says of the name choice. So Alostmen is built around the sound of the kolongo, using the traditional instrumentation of the music of the Northern Ghanaian Frafra people (kologo, goje fiddle, talking drum, djembe) in a completely new form, complemented by the influence of modern pop music. Wanlov was touring with Stevo when they started recording songs in hotel rooms during a tour in 2017. The album, already released in Ghana, was picked up by the prestigious Strut label, followed by immediate recognition from the most prestigious world music magazine Songlines who awarded them the title of Best New Formation.
If they were ever lost, the world has found them now—let's find them, too!
Covered Open-air Stage concerts
The program will be held even in rainy weather, as the Open-air Stage is largely covered.