Nana Ampadu

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Nana Ampadu
Born (1945-03-31) 31 March 1945 (age 74)
obo-kwahu
OriginGhana
GenresHighlife
Instrumentsvocal
Associated actsNana Acheampong, George Darko, Amakye Dede, A. B. Crentsil
Websitewww.nanakwameampadu.com

Nana Ampadu (born March 31, 1945) is a Ghanaian musician credited with numerous popular highlife tracks and he is known to have composed over 800 songs.[1][2]

Ampadu's "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 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".[3]

His musical career has 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 based on him being half-Scottish.[4]

Early life[edit]

Nana Ampadu was born at Adiemmra on the Afram Plains[5] in the Eastern Region of Ghana on 31 March 1945.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nana Kwame Ampadu 1 and his African Brothers Band Int". nanakwameampadu.com. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Nana Kwame Ampadu @ 50". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  3. ^ Anyidoho, Kofi; Gibbs, James (2000). FonTomFrom: Contemporary Ghanaian Literature, Theatre and Film. Rodopi. pp. 142–146. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  4. ^ Andrews, Adrianne R.; Adjaye, Joseph K. (1997). Language, Rhythm, & Sound: Black Popular Cultures Into the Twenty-first Century. University of Pittsburgh Press. p. 71. ISBN 0822971771. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  5. ^ Anyidoho, Kofi; Gibbs, James (2000). FonTomFrom: Contemporary Ghanaian Literature, Theatre and Film. Rodopi. p. 142. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  6. ^ Boateng, Michael. "Feature: Nana Kwame Ampadu I – The life of the hi-life great". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  7. ^ Daily Guide (5 August 2011). "Pastors Chase Nana Ampadu Music Videos". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 31 May 2019.