Behind every voice is a story.
An untold story.
His musical journey had been laid out right from birth.
Born Solomon Kingsley Narh into a musical family, Sollo7’s musical journey as a vocal powerhouse, songwriter and thrilling live performer had already been laid out. His childhood gave him as much free time to be bored as it did for him to be inspired. He wrote his first song at the tender age of 8. Noticing his talents at a very young age, his father, Benjamin Narh Tawiah found him a piano teacher at the age of 10. This has earned him the accolade “Africa’s golden voice.” Sollo7 has been compared to African greats such as Salif Keita, Youssou N’dour, Richard Bona, Jerry Hansen and the Ramblers among his musical inspirations. His sound has the nostalgic after-taste of the big band Ghanaian highlife sound of the colonial 60’s dipped in nuances of a 21st century AfroPop.
"This experience has helped shape his craft and given him a distinct sound"
After pursuing a formal education at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology in Communication Design and co-founding a web development company in Accra, Ghana’s capital Sollo7 would drop it all to pursue his life-long dream of making music.
He nurtured his stage craft over the years by serving and touring with several Ghanaian musical legends. Notable among these are Kojo Antwi, (BET nominated Best International Act), Pat Thomas, Amandzeba, Rex Omar, just to name a few. In 2010 Sollo7 was also recruited to be the front man of the ‘Ohia Be Ye Ya’ band in Accra founded by multi-instrumentalist and Craig David’s former music director, Kwame Yeboah. This experience has helped shape his craft and given him a distinct sound that is evident immediately you hear his music or watch him perform live.
While a band member, Sollo7 was also commissioned on solo projects to compose and record soundtracks for several wedding and feature films. Notable among these are the hit Ghanaian TV series titled Shampaign in which he wrote 3 songs for 3 of the episode. His entrance into the spotlight came when he covered a few Ghanaian classics such as Kojo Antwi’s Medofo Pa and Dadie Anomaa, as well as Paapa Yankson of blessed memory’s Tena Menkyen in 2015. These covers made waves across Ghana, Nigeria and throughout the African diaspora as they went viral on YouTube and received massive airplay on TV and radio stations throughout the country. This further won him hearts and loyal fans, both young and old.
In 2017 Sollo7’s debut album, Asansa, was well received in and beyond the shores of Ghana even though it was an uncertain attempt by Sollo7 at putting together a varied body of work. However, the release of Say I Do, as received by his fan base as Africa’s official wedding anthem would permanently cement Sollo7 in the hearts and minds of many. ‘Say I Do’ has proven that Africans, although being a dancing people, are a listening people. Indeed, Say I Do was adopted as the official wedding soundtrack of some notable Ghanaian celebrities including John Dumelo.
His follow up single, Me Ne Woa features a Ghanaian rap legend called Okyeame Kwame and would later become a viewer favorite when it was used in several episodes of the hit TV series, YOLO in which he did a cameo. His most recent work has been, Naa Odey, a heartfelt monologue about the longings of two desperate lovers in a long-distance relationship.
Sollo7 is currently working on his second album which he hopes to would be a way for him to measure his growth as an artiste while satisfying the cravings of his cult fan base. When asked what he finds most exciting about the upcoming album, he says it with a burst of excitement, “I look forward to performing the songs live!” Anyone who has seen Sollo7 perform has concluded that he is undoubtedly a captivating live performer whose voice is a hybrid of the soulful wail of an old soul and the exuberance of a modern gem.