The term Kente is associated with a hand-woven cloth made up of radiant and dynamic shades of striped material, the strips being assembled to symbolize unity in diversity. This theme inspired the name of the popular Ghanaian group Kente, who have played their brand of roots reggae promoting black awareness since their formation in the early 90s. They are among several Ghanaian performers, including Felix Bell and Swapo, to have embraced and been inspired by Jamaican music. In 1992 the group hosted and successfully supported Ziggy Marley And The Melody Makers on a tour of Ghana. They also played at both the 1992 and 1994 Panafest festivals, where they performed with Stevie Wonder, Jermaine Jackson, Public Enemy, and the Sounds Of Blackness, alongside African reggae stars Lucky Dube and Alpha Blondy. In 1995 the group came to the attention of the German-based African Dance Records organization, who produced and released their debut, Keep On Moving. The album led to a successful winter tour of Germany. In their early years the band had provided support to Jah Shaka during a tour of West Africa, and in 1997 they were reunited with him on an acclaimed UK tour celebrating Ghana’s 40 years of independence. The tour included a stunning performance by the group at the Essential Festival.
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