Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, has declared a state-assisted burial in honor of the late Nana Ampadu.
This statement was announced at the Weekly Jubilee Press Briefing taking place today at the Jubilee House.
“Finally, the President has taken the decision to honour the late, legendary Ghanaian highlife musician, Nana Ampadu, with a state-assisted burial in honour of his services to the growth of Ghanaian music. This information will be duly communicated to the family of the late singer. And a befitting burial ceremony will be held for this noble son of Ghana.”
Highlife musician Nana Ampadu died on Tuesday, September 28, after a short illness. May his soul rest in peace.
Nana Kwame Ampadu (31 March 1945 – 28 September 2021) was a Ghanaian musician credited with numerous popular highlife tracks and he is known to have composed over 800 songs. He was also known as Adwomtofo Nyinaa Hene.
Ampadu’s “African Brothers Band” was formed in 1963. One of the founding members was Eddie Donkor.
The name was in support of the call by Kwame Nkrumah for African unity. The group was later renamed the African Brothers International Band in 1973.
Ampadu 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”.
His musical career 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.
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