Ghanaian Legendary Highlife musician, Nana Kwame Ampadu reportedly passed away yesterday. He was a Ghanaian musician credited with numerous popular highlife tracks and he is known to have composed over 800 songs.
Ampadu’s “African Brothers Band” was formed in 1963. One of the founding members was Eddie Donkor. He came to prominence in 1967 when he released his song ‘Ebi Te Yie’ (or “Some Are Well Seated”), a song that was seen as potentially critical of the then-governing National Liberation Council. The song disappeared from the airwaves, only returning after the end of military rule. In 1973, he won a nationwide competition in Ghana to be crowned the Odwontofoohene, or “Singer-in-Chief”.
His musical career also involved him in electoral politics, including composing a song for Jerry Rawlings’s National Democratic Congress party to use in the 1992 election campaign. Ampadu also released a song critical of an attempt to disqualify Rawlings from the 1992 election because he is half-Scottish.
Some of his popular tracks include Ebi Ti Yie, Aku Sika, Kofi Nkrabea, Obiaa Ba Nnye, Woyoo Woyoo, Mother, Mentumi Ngyae Wo, Agartha, Aye Se Ye Do Wo, Drivers, Anibere Nnye, Oman Bo Adwo, Kwaata and many others were popular at different times.
In honour of his memory, enjoy all 11 of Ampadu’s Evergreen tunes below:
Evergreen Tunes Vol 1
Evergreen Tunes Vol 2
Evergreen Tunes Vol 3
Evergreen Tunes Vol 4
Evergreen Tunes Vol 5
Evergreen Tunes Vol 6
Evergreen Tunes Vol 7
Evergreen Tunes Vol 8
Evergreen Tunes Vol 9
Evergreen Tunes Vol 10
Evergreen Tunes Vol 11
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