As we speak, it’s no news that legendary highlife musician, Nana Kwame Ampadu is dead. He died at the age of 76 on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at Legon hospital, Accra.
The actual cause of death is, however, unknown in the public domain. But prior to his demise, Nana Kwame Ampadu made an appearance in the studios of Kumasi-based Pure Fm on Hammer Time Show.
In a chit-chat with Hammer Nti, Nana Kwame Ampadu made it emphatic that Ghanaians should not wait for him to die before they hypocritically celebrate him.
On records, Nana Kwame Ampadu was a composer, guitarist and singer who was known for his brilliant storytelling skills through highlife music.
Born at Obo-Kwahu in the Eastern Region, Kwame Ampadu formed the famous African Brothers band in 1963. Nana Ampadu was a household name in Ghana and beyond. His style of music was undeniably loved by all.
The ‘King of Highlife’, as he was affectionately called is known for many hit songs like “Ebi Ti Yie,” “Aku Sika,” “Kofi Nkrabea,” “Obiaa Ba Nnye,” “Woyoo Woyoo,” “Mother,” “Mentumi Ngyae Wo,” “Agartha,” “Aye Se Ye Do Wo,” “Obra,” “Drivers,” “Anibere Nnye,” “Oman Bo Adwo,” and “Kwaata.”
Nana Ampadu also groomed and produced albums in the mid-to-late 1980s for female singers like Mum B, Akosua Agyapong, Abena Nyanteh, Ama Oforiwah, Rita Owusu and Stella Tackie.
May his soul rest in Peace.