The African Foundation Band
with Special Guest
Victoria BC Ska Society is happy to bring conscious dancehall and roots reggae to Vancouver! Paapa Wastik & The African Foundation Band with Gisto featuring Natural Flavas on Sat. Nov. 24th The Shark Club.
Paapa Wastik is a conscious African roots-life reggae artist whose musical talent began around the tender age of five in his hometown of Cape Coast, Ghana where music is a predominant part of his culture.
He grew up surrounded by a variety of music and as a child was often heard singing the popular songs of that era' on makeshift drums. With this passion for music he became a self-taught drummer,and began drumming in church.
By elementary school he was attending music concerts and participating in singing competitions which encouraged him to begin writing his own lyrics. In 1997, Paapa Wastik was spotted by MC Poncho of "Music for Your Dancing Feet Fame”, and given an honorable recognition of his talent, when he performed alongside Reggie Rockstone at the Panafest Beach party which was held near Cape Coast, Ghana.
This local notoriety earned him invites to regional youth entertainment talent shows, and sparked his interest in organizing music and talent shows around the Cape Coast municipalities such as "Obaa Sima 98".
In secondary school he was well known for representing in inter-regional school talent shows and musical activities. In addition to talent shows he was frequently invited to several radio stations to "flow on rhythms", and to host programs with presenters.
During his secondary school days at Mfantsipim School, he enthusiastically wanted to release his first album. But, due to academic responsibilities, he postponed his musical pursuits. It was during that time that his faith in RASTAFARI became stronger, so naturally his musical talent became fully devoted to delivering consciously uplifting and positive messages, charged with the purpose of educating and healing humanity.
By 2002 Paapa Wastik was featured on "Top Radio Street Carnival," which left the crowd with a lasting impression, as a result of his energetic stage performance. Within that year Paapa continued the efforts toward releasing his first album "Mama Africa", which was recorded with engineer John Dee at Hits Factory Studios, in Accra.