They say a man walks a long road before finding his path. Kwame Binea has been paving this path through the art of music. Born in West London to a single Ghanaian mother he soon moved to Ghana to live with his grandparents, where music became his passion. Kwame was influenced by the rhythms of traditional Ghanaian and West African music as well as Reggae, Folk, and American Soul, and Rhythm and Blues.

Moving to the United States enabled Kwame to fulfill his dream of music by attended William Paterson University which is recognized as one of the finest Jazz and Contemporary music program in the country.  At William Paterson he began pursuing his musical career by teaming up with fellow musicians, creating a classic rock, blues and soul band, "The Kause” debuting in popular New York City venues such as Arlene's Grocery, The Knitting Factory, Crash Mansion, Sullivan Hall, Bitter End and the Lion's Den.

Now as a singer/songwriter/frontman for the NYC band “Kwame & the Uptown Shakedown”, Kwame resides in Harlem NY where he continues to spread the message of peace, love and music.  His strength in music has been shaped by the diversity of cultures he has experienced, and his passion and intensity are symbols of who Kwame Binea is.