Legendary highlife musician, Nana Kwame Ampadu, has passed away at the age of 76.
Confirming the news to Ghanaweekend.com, the Acting President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Bessa Simons, revealed that the singer passed on in the morning of Tuesday, September 28 after being admitted at the Intensive Care Unit of Legon Hospital in Accra.
Nana Ampadu was onetime President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) and personal friend to former presdents, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor.
Ampadu’s famous African Brothers Band was formed 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 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 “Adwontofoohene,” or King of Singers.
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By Lord Kweku Sekyi