Afotey Humble Lion is a singer on a mission, and he brings back memories of troubadours like Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, James Brown, among others who used their music as a vehicle for social change.
Humble Lion has been on a crusade since recording his first songs in the nineties. As a youngster, he recalls that his mum told him that anytime he was upset over something, he would communicate his feelings in a song, and it’s little wonder that today, he’s singing about social issues and calling attention to the problems of our day.
Afotey Humble Lion is out with two tunes which draw attention to social issues affecting us. These are ‘African Leaders’, and ‘It’s a Shame’. Both songs are on his current album – Lamentations, and they draw attention to the plight of Africa while our leaders live in opulence. African Leaders, in particular, bemoans the sorry state of Africa today which he believes is largely caused by the wrong leadership provided for Africa.
The songs are available on amazon.com, spotify.com, applemusic.com, Anghami, Boomplay, Tidal and other online stores.
Born to a rock and roll dance champion who was also a Policeman, Humble Lion grew up around Nima, Maamobi, Odorkor and Teshie; during which time he attended Suhum Secondary Technical School, after which he joined a reggae group – the Black Empire Band as the lead singer.
The group performed alongside reggae bands like S.O.Z Squad Band, Kente Band, Truth and Rights Band, Vibration Kings, Norman Grant of Twinkle Brothers, and the legendary sound system operator, Jah Shaka. He also toured various parts of the country with Consular Hayes, K.K Kabobo, Snr. Eddie Donkor, Nana Tuffuor, AB Crenstil, among others.
Although Humble Lion’s first group, Black Empire, was a reggae band, he’s versatile and has proceeded to produce songs in various genres over the years. He’s also a fine artist who does landscapes, murals and interior decorations. Afotey Humble Lion is also a fashion designer.
In 2006 Afotey Humble Lion and Okyeame Kwame Bediako organised the Sunshine Arts and Music Awards at the National Theatre, where they honoured a host of top Ghanaian musicians. Some of the recipients were Amandzeba, Paapa Yankson, Mac Tonto, Obaapa Christie, and many others. He’s also played at various festivals in Canada and the U.S, including the Baobao Festival, Colorado.
He has ten albums to his credit and is currently working on a jazz album.