The PathHeights are singer, songwriter, producer duo Akosua Aset and Aumuna. Deriving from the word Ptahites, meaning spiritual, creative beings conveying a collective conscious message. The PathHeights started together back in 2012 and their sound is a smooth collaboration of Roots Alternative Acoustic Reggae with Poetry, giving it a stripped back, natural and organic sound. The African drums and acoustic guitar are very fundamental in their production, along with the incorporation of various kinds of percussion and the natural sounds in their environment.
The lyrical content of their songs is inspirational and spiritual with unmixed messages, while being hard hitting and real.
The PathHeights organically RE-present a world sound, captivating audience with melodies and harmonious vocals combined to a rootical vibration with 100% live instruments.
Akosua Aset, influenced by her Jamaican Roots started writing rhymes and poetry in high school. At that stage, she formed a band with her school friends. While in University, very much inspired by artists like Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jill Scott, Floetry and Saul Williams, she began to write poetry.
Her passion was to be complimented with her organising skill as in Spring 2006, she was drawn to start events such as “Afro Poetry Night” and participating in the Choreopoem “Blaque ReinCarnation” by Chantal Fleur Sandjon in Winter 2006. She later continued her music career singing as a background vocalist for Reggae bands until, in 2007, she met Elsa M’bala to form the acoustic poetry duo “Rising Thoughts”. With Rising Thoughts she toured Germany playing in some of the major cities. By end of 2011 Aset went to Jamaica. There she participated in a number of cultural events, artist collectives and a school tour across the island. The purpose was to encourage reading, inspire creative writing and share African drumming and storytelling amongst primary school youths.
Aumuna, was born in the hills of St Anne, Jamaica. He then moved to Point Hill a small community in St Catherine. There he spent most of his childhood years before moving to the sunshine city of Portmore where he did his high school studies. Aumuna recalls memories of “making trips to the spring to catch water, spending time on the farm and adventurous hikes to gather firewood”. This undoubtedly bonded him with nature. Music has always been a part of his life, growing up in a Christian community and with the flip side of the heavy speakers of sound systems in the streets playing Roots Reggae and Dancehall selections.
Together they are The PathHeights.
They emerged on the scene in November 2012, appearing at small events and jam session in Kingston. Since 2013 they are based in Germany and have been working on their craft while jelling in an embryo of creative energy and inspiration. In 2014 inspired by life on a legends of cultural heritage, they decided to formally present a name for the group. At a rehearsal session they came through with the symbolic name ‘The PathHeights’. From there on, they have been performing throughout Germany. In August of 2015 they went to Kingston, Jamaica.
Whilst in Jamaica, their initial goal of recording three songs resulted in the completion of their first nine-track EP and a video shoot for the single “Without Love”. An unconventional yet traditional sound, stepping outside the laws of modern style recording to ensure each inspiration is captured and delivered as pure as can be, with no compromise.
In the light of the new generation of musicians, positioned to take the musical art to the next round, The PathHeights are an assured bridge that will enable a continuous movement.