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Nana Acheampong

Nana Acheampong

A Highlife Legend and His Impact on Burger-Highlife in Ghana

1966

Early Life
16 August 1966

Early Life

Nana Acheampong was born on August 16, 1966, in Abuakwa Ashanti, Ghana.

1970

Musical Beginnings
21 July 1970

Musical Beginnings

He attended Konadu Yiadom Primary School in Ashtown, where he discovered his passion for music and became the leader of the school band, showcasing his talent for composing songs. His early experiences in music laid the foundation for his future career as a prominent musician.

1980

The German Connection
21 July 1980

The German Connection

In the pursuit of his musical ambitions, Nana Acheampong left Ghana for Germany in the 1980s. There, he joined the Talking Drum band, which played a crucial role in creating a new subgenre of highlife called Burger-highlife. This blend incorporated elements of funk, disco, and synth-pop, making it popular among Ghanaian migrants traveling between Germany and Ghana.

1989

The Lumba Brothers
21 July 1989

The Lumba Brothers

In 1989, destiny brought Nana Acheampong together with Daddy Lumba, and they formed the iconic music group, the Lumba Brothers. Their collaboration and dynamic performances contributed significantly to the promotion and popularization of Burger-Highlife within Ghana. Together, they released their debut and final album, "Yɛɛyɛ Aka Akwantuo Mu," before pursuing solo careers.

2010

Nana Acheampong's Solo Career and Owoahene Studio
21 July 2010

Nana Acheampong's Solo Career and Owoahene Studio

After the Lumba Brothers' split, Nana Acheampong continued his musical journey with unwavering dedication. He released several hit songs over the years, including "Abu aka mesim," "Casanova," "Kata w'ani te," and "Se eye wode," cementing his status as one of Ghana's most revered musicians. To further support his artistic endeavors and those of other musicians, he established Owoahene Studio in Suame Kumasi, where he serves as the Executive Producer for Owoahene Music.

2023

Family and Legacy
21 July 2023

Family and Legacy

Nana Acheampong's family has been a source of inspiration and support throughout his career. He is married to Miriam Acheampong, and they have two children, Leroy and Gyakie (Jackline Acheampong). Gyakie, following in her father's footsteps, has become a prominent afrobeat and afro-fusion singer, achieving international success with her hit song "Love is Pretty."

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