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Nana Kwame Ampadu

Nana Kwame Ampadu

Ghana's Prolific Musician and Cultural Icon

1945

Birth of a Legend
31 March 1945

Birth of a Legend

Nana Kwame Ampadu was born on March 31, 1945, in Obo-Kwahu, Ghana.

1963

Founding the African Brothers Band
01 July 1963

Founding the African Brothers Band

In 1963, Ampadu co-founded the African Brothers Band alongside Eddie Donkor. This musical collaboration would go on to become a significant force in the Ghanaian music industry. The band's unique blend of highlife and Afrobeat rhythms captivated audiences, making them one of the most popular groups of their time.

1969

Ebi Te Yie: A Song that Shook the Nation
01 July 1969

Ebi Te Yie: A Song that Shook the Nation

During the National Liberation Council's rule, Ampadu released a song titled "Ebi Te Yie," which translates to "Some Are Well Seated." The song, known for its powerful social commentary, stirred controversy and quickly gained popularity among the Ghanaian population. However, due to political reasons, the song was banned from the airwaves. It resurfaced after the end of military rule, solidifying Ampadu's reputation as a musician unafraid to challenge the status quo.

1973

Recognition
01 July 1973

Recognition

In 1973, Ampadu's talent and artistry were recognized when he emerged as the winner of a nationwide competition and was bestowed the title of Odwontofoohene. This accolade solidified his position as a musical icon and further propelled his career.

1992

Political Involvement through Music
01 July 1992

Political Involvement through Music

Ampadu's musical prowess extended beyond entertainment, as he actively participated in political campaigns through his compositions. In the 1992 election, he composed a song supporting Jerry John Rawlings and the National Democratic Congress (NDC). However, Ampadu also composed a controversial song that aimed to disqualify Rawlings from the election on the grounds of his Scottish heritage.

2021

Death
24 November 2021

Death

Nana Ampadu died on 28 September 2021, at the age of 76, at the Legon Hospital in Accra.

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