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Majority leader eulogises highlife icon legend Nana Ampadu

Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has described the death of high life legend, Nana Ampadu, as “unfortunate” but believes his penetrating voice and extraordinary persona would live after him.

Nana Ampadu, also known as ‘Nwomtofuo Hene’ (The King of musicians), passed on in Accra yesterday after falling ill for some time.

Ghanaian music lovers have been celebrating his achievements and the Suame legislator, who describes himself as a latter-day friend of the renowned musician, also shared some fond memories of the ‘Obra’ hitmaker’s music journey.

To him, Nana Ampadu’s entry onto the Ghanaian highlife scene marked a watershed, adding “He rejuvenated, repositioned, elevated and illuminated highlife music with the quality of the instrumentation that the African Brothers Band which he formed and led, and which included accomplished stars such as Eddie Donkor, Teacher Boateng, Joe Dee, Kwabena Osae, Ancient Awuah, and Baba Tunde brought to bear.

“The composition, compactness and the lyrics of the masterpieces the group churned out was simply incomparable” he added.

According to him, the traditional wisdom and education contained sought to provide guidance and inspiration to both the young and old as in the pieces woven around various species in the animal kingdom such as “Okwaduo”, “Otwe Agyanka”, and “Apan Dankwa” preached forthrightness and resilience in familial as well as other lifestyles.

 

Below is his tribute;

Nana Kwame Ampadu, the true King of highlife is gone! His entry onto the Ghanaian highlife scene marked a watershed: he rejuvenated, repositioned, elevated and illuminated highlife music with the quality of the instrumentation that the African Brothers Band which he formed and led, and which included accomplished stars such as Eddie Donkor, Teacher Boateng, Joe Dee, Kwabena Osae, Ancient Awuah and Baba Tunde brought to bear.

The composition, compactness and the lyrics of the masterpieces the group churned out was simply incomparable.
The traditional wisdom and education contained sought to provide guidance and inspiration to both the young and old as in the pieces woven around various species in the animal kingdom:”Okwaduo”, “Otwe Agyanka”, “Apan Dankwa”, “Article 104”;

“Yaw Asante”, “Aku Sika”, “Okun pa ho yĕ na”, “So mu gye w’adoa”, Emilia”, “Sĕ me hunu wo ntĕm a,” “Agartha”, “Sika Anibre”, “Obiba Broke”, “Yaw Berko”, preached forthrightness and resilience in familial as well as other lifestyles.
“Gyama wosuro”, “Yerewe nsa a,” “Sensam”, “Sakatumbe”, express the versatility and contemporariness of the Odwontofuohene.

“Mother”, Obre twa Owuo”, “Mensu bio, Amoako”, “DK Nyarko” was Ampadu and African Brothers in mournful mood.

Today that voice has been silenced by death, but Nana Ampadu’s music, his penetrating voice, his tongue and his extraordinary persona would live after him.

Fare thee well

From Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu (a latter day friend)

 

By: Princess Arita Anim|Myxyzonline.com|Ghana

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