The Highlife legend, Nana Kwame Ampadu who was at one time President of MUSIGA and was also the leader of the African Brothers Band, formed in 1963 has been finally laid to rest
Hundreds of Ghanaians including very prominent people gathered at the forecourt of state house where a state burial was held for him in order to pay their last homage to the legend who passed away on September 28, 2021.
The final burial and funeral rites was held in his home town at Obo Kwahu in the Eastern Region.
The president of Ghana, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was present at the ceremony with the Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery and the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin to express his grief at the loss of such great talent.
The president stated at the ceremony,
“The outpouring of grief by many Ghanaians, following the news of his death, is an appreciation of the impact his music had on successive generations of Ghanaians. Nana Ampadu believed in my vision for the transformation of Ghana, and assisted me tremendously on the campaign trail in the run-up to my victory in the elections of 2016, for which I remain eternally grateful.”
“Talk of the commencement and growth of highlife music, and one of the people whose name would be on the lips of every Ghanaian would be Nana Kwame Ampadu. Indeed, the outpouring of grief by many Ghanaians following the news of his death is an appreciation of the impact his music had on successive generations of Ghanaians.”
The Minister of Creative Arts, Mohammed Awal, also made a few statement concerning the loss of the musical giant.
“It’s obvious his life over the earth, Nana Ampadu was a great icon not just to Ghana, but to the rest of the world his song touched on every subject that mattered and the country has lost an illustrious person in terms of creative Arts. The lyrics had a lot of meaning, it had profound advice for young people, even for the elderly.”
Nana Ampadu was in Obo Kwahu, on March 31, 1945, to Opanin Kwame Ampadu, and Madam Mercy Afua Ntiriwaa. He contributed immensely to the Creative Arts industry, travelled all over the world with his storytelling and advisory music that projected Ghana’s name on the global map.
He is credited with numerous hit songs, including Ebi Te Yie, Oman Bo Adwo, Kofi Nkrabea, Yaw Berko, Agartha, Akusika, driver adwuma and Obra among others
Watch final funeral rites