Ashanti African Roots

Ashanti African Roots

 Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

Ashanti African Roots is a high-energy, multi-cultural, 6 to 8-piece Worldbeat horn band. We play original and cover tunes that include elements of Afro-pop, Reggae, Funk, Soul, Jazz and R&B. You're going to love us, and soon!


Ashanti is an ancient kingdom from Africa, the pre-colonial ancestor to the country of Ghana. Michael Opoku, lead singer and bandleader of Ashanti African Roots, brought his West African rhythms & personality to the state of Nebraska (of all places) and in the process discovered a diverse, receptive collection of skilled musicians, ready to bring a fresh sound to the plains and beyond!

Ashanti African Roots takes elements of Afro-pop and reggae, fuses it with blues, jazz, funk, and american soul - arriving at something familiar, danceable and compelling, yet new. The message of Ashanti is peace, with fun, through music.

We're ready to play for you!


Ashanti African Roots recorded "Soca Virus," a 10-song CD in 2005. It was not released, but three of the songs from it are available here for you. Currently, Ashanti African Roots is recording original material for a CD release near the end of 2010.

Set List

Messed Up - Ashanti African Roots
Freedom - Ashanti African Roots
Revolution - Ashanti African Roots
Ghana Mpua - Ashanti African Roots
Soca Virus - Ashanti African Roots
Abotare - Ashanti African Roots
Iya Iya Oh--Osibisa
Samba - King Sunny Ade'
Meto Mawo - Lee Doodo
Watch and Pray-Gladiators
So Much Trouble - Bob Marley & the Wailers
Crucial - Nasio Fontaine
Cocody Rock - Alfa Blonde
Night Nurse - Gregory Issacs
Sweat - Inner Circle
Africa we Love - Nasio Fontaine
Rise Up - Nasio Fontaine
Lively up Yourself - Bob Marley & the Wailers
Waiting in Vain - Bob Marley & the Wailers
Both of Them - Mighty Sparrow
Rightous Lovin - Culture
Tribal War - Culture
Give Praises--Big Youth
Talkin Blues - Bob Marley & the Wailers
Armed and Dangerous-Nasio Fontaine
Struggling Man-Jimmy Cliff
Sunshine Day--Osibisa
Here I Come - Dennis Brown
No Woman no Cry - Bob Marley & the Wailers
Truth Will Reveal - Nasio Fontaine
Greedy Dog - Israel Vibrations
96 Degrees - Third Worl