The legendry highlife musician, Nana Kwame Ampadu, has been confirmed died.
The man from Obo-Kwahu in the Eastern Region, where sang the “Obra” popular song, died today Tuesday, 28 September 2021, at the Legon Hospital in Accra where he was receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness.He was 76.
His son, who spoke to Kwami Sefa Kayi on Kokrokoo, Tuesday morning, confirmed the news.
Nana Ampadu in his prime, sang mainly in his native Akan dialect and a bit of “Broken English” language he had acquired from Nigeria, where he sojourned.
He sang about life experiences, told stories about love, family and personal values along others.
Nana Kwame Ampadu has numerous popular highlife tracks to his credit.
He formed the “African Brothers Band” in 1963.
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 and 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.
Some of his popular tunes include Obra, which became the theme song for one of the Akan Drama shows aired on GTV on Sundays.
Nana Kwame Ampadu was a composer, guitarist and singer who was known for his brilliant storytelling skills through highlife music.
He is known for many hit songs like “Ebi Ti Yie,” “Aku Sika,” “Kofi Nkrabea,” “Obiaa Ba Nnye,” “Woyoo Woyoo,” “Mother,” “Mentumi Ngyae Wo,” “Agartha,” “Aye Se Ye Do Wo,” “Obra,” “Drivers,” “Anibere Nnye,” “Oman Bo Adwo,” and “Kwaata”, Getty, Yaw Berko and Obi Benya Wo.
Nana Ampadu also groomed and produced albums in the mid-to-late 1980s for female singers like Mum B, Akosua Agyapong, Abena Nyanteh, Ama Oforiwah, Rita Owusu and Stella Tackie.