A.J. Holmes has released music as "Vanishing Breed", now he composes hi-life music under his real name. His new Album "The King of the New Electric Hi-Life was released in August 2007. The New Electric Hi-Life is Holmes’s unique blend of West African hi-life music and English electronic pop. 'Hi-Life' is from ‘Highlife’ a musical genre that originated in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Nigeria starting in the 1920's and is still very much alive and developing today. It is a hybrid of African and European music styles African musician and teacher Folo Graff emigrated from Free town, Sierra Leone, West Africa to the birth place of Alexander John Holmes (the East End of London) in 1976. In 1999 they became neighbours and a year later Folo Graff started to teach Alexander Holmes Palm Wine Hi–life guitar music. Mixing this with his background in English electric pop Holmes records an E.P.
entitled 'The Seasons' (released by Static Caravan www.staticcaravan.org) in 2002 under the artist name Vanishing Breed. The same year between London and Berlin he recorded the album 'Between arrive and departure' ("album of the year":Die Zweit) and was released by Pingpung (http://www.pingipung.de) Nov 2005. For the last 3 years Holmes has been working on 'The King Of The New Electric Hi-Life'. Working with Traditional Palm Wine Hi-Life guitar styles, processing them thought modern digital technology, however curious or experimental; always with an instinctual feel for the pop atheistic. The King Of The New Electric Hi-Life is due for release 20. August on Pingiung and is co produced by Sculpture (www.myspace.com/danhayhurst) and Anne Laplantine. Vanishing Breeds latest release ‘Imagine’ ("a breath taking beauty!": Martin Petershof Fritz FM") is his contribution to the ‘Pingipung blows: the Brass’ compilation; and was released 05 March 2007. Connected projects: Holmes was one of the founder members of the infamous London band 'they came from the stars I saw them' (www.myspace/theycamefromthestarsisawthem)) "Probably the UK's most pretentious group: Flux). Their long awaited 'lost' debut album 'they came from the stars I saw them Vs Reality' is released 27.
August 2007 on Onomatopoeia ( http://www.myspace.com/onospace) He's also the 3rd guitarist in 'Les Beaux Gosses de Berlin' a Berlin based 15 piece Congolese Rumba band ("The most Punk Rock Band in Berlin": Scheinder TM ((www.myspace.com/schneidertm). http://www.myspace.com/ajholmesthekingofthenewelectrichilife Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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