Highlife legend Nana Kwame Ampadu handed on within the early hours of Tuesday 28 September 2021. He was aged 76.
Earlier than his demise, the musician was considered one of many pillars of Highlife music. He has quite a few hit songs to his credit score – he’s identified to have composed over 800 songs.
GhanaCelebrities.Com has gathered some details about the late Nana Kwame Ampadu, his actual title, discography and his impression within the music trade.
Delivery, Early Life and Training
Patrick Nana Kwame Ampadu was born on March thirty first, 1945 at Obo Kwahu within the Japanese Area of Ghana. He was named after his father, Opanin Kwame Ampadu, the then head of the Asona Clan of Obo Kwahu.
His mom, Madam Mercy Afua Ntiriwaa, was a loyal presbyter additionally of Obo Kwahu.
It’s reported that Ampadu had problem strolling at a young age and crawled until the age of 5 when he began strolling with out help.
He was enrolled into the OBO ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL from 1950-1952 the place his mother and father took him to the village Adeemmra close to Aboam within the Afframs Plains and had a continuation of his education from class three to plain three (3), now class six and accomplished the junior or main college in 1955.
Kwame Ampadu furthered his elementary college at OBO ANGLICAN MIDDLE BOYS SCHOOL from 1956-1959 and got here out efficiently as an excellent kind 4 leaver. On the senior college, the Obo Anglican Center Boys authorities together with lecturers took delight within the cute determine Ampadu not for his brilliance solely however his creative exuberance in singing.
In 1963 on the Park Cinema in Accra, Nana Ampadu fashioned the ‘African Brothers Band’ along with his rapid senior brother, Rover Amo Ampadu who by the way turned the supervisor of the band.
A number of the Band members have been EDDIE DONKOR (later senior Eddie Donkor) and with the inclusion of NANA NYARKO, YAW ASANTE, YAW OWUSU, ROVER AMOH, KWAME ANIM and KOO OFORI.
Later round 1964, Joe Dee, an electrician and Oppong Kyekyeku joined the group as bass participant and tenor singer respectively. In 1964, younger Ampadu met Mr. Jerry Hansen, chief and founding father of the Ramblers Dance band.
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Their friendship grew and Ampadu gave Jerry eight songs he had composed totally free which the Ramblers Band recorded. A number of the songs are Ntoboase, Afutusem, Scholarship, Me Nsoromma Bepue all turned hit tracks and in flip, Jerry launched Ampadu to Phillips West Africa Ltd., a recording writer the place he recorded his first two songs.
This single was launched on twenty first December 1966 and it turned an on the spot hit and served as a starting of a brand new period within the guitar bands sector.
From this stage, promoters and producers chased the group for recording and performing engagements. It was no marvel that in early 1967 the group went to remain in Kumasi below the invitation and sponsorship of a hotelier, the proprietor of Ambassador Gardens in Asem, Amakom.
On the tail finish, the African Brothers Band settled with “D.Ok NYARKO” of OBOUBA RECORDS and HAPPY BIRD labels.
In 1967 alone, the group recorded 8 songs for the Ambassador data and 16 songs for G.F.I.C.
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He got here to prominence in 1967 when he launched his music Ebi Te Yie (or “Some Are Properly Seated”), a music that was seen as probably crucial of the then-governing Nationwide Liberation Council and disappeared from the airwaves, solely returning after the top of navy rule.
In 1973 he received a nationwide competitors in Ghana to be topped the Odwontofoohene, or “Singer-in-Chief”.
Between 1968 and 1978 the place Nana Ampadu requested for the abrogation of his contract with Mr. D.Ok Nyarko, the group had launched not lower than 400 single tracks.
Nana Ampadu is credited as one of many pillars of Highlife music. He has quite a few hit songs to his credit score and is understood to have composed over 800 songs.