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A.J. Holmes

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There is more than one artist with this name.

1. A composer of hi-life music.
2. A member of the student-created theatre production troupe, StarKid Productions, a.k.a. Team StarKid.

1. 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.

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