Biography Of Philip Gbeho


Philip Comi Gbeho is a Ghanaian musician, composer and teacher. He is widely recognized as the mastermind behind the composition of the Ghana National Anthem.

Philip Gbeho was highly instrumental in the establishment of the Arts Council of Ghana and was Director of Music and conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Ghana.

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Philip was born on 14 January 1904 which indicates he would have 117 years if he was alive as at now.

He was born in Vodza, a fishing village located in Keta a suburb of the Volta region of Ghana.

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He had his his secondary education at the Keta Roman Catholic Boys School, where he was introduced to the organ. At the Roman Catholic Boys School, he learnt to play within a short period and became a pupil organist until he left school.

He was to a fisherman named Doe Gbeho and a woman name Ametowofa. His mother was a trader who was reputed to have musical talent and was a leader of the female singers in the village drumming and dancing group.

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In January 1925, Phillip Gbeho gained admission into the newly opened Achimota Reach Training College in Accra.

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While studying at the Teacher Training College, he took advantage of the tremendous facilities that the college offered in music to upgrade his knowledge and practice of music.

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He was a pianist and violinist, both of which he did exceptionally well because he developed his skills under the tutelage of expatriate teachers in Achimota College who were also highly versatile in music composition.

He was also an accomplished indigenous musician since his early life. Gbeho played all the drums of Ewe Agbadza orchestra as well as the tutelage of traditional Anlo songs.

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Achimota College encouraged the performance of traditional drumming and dancing from all sectors of the country.

As a result of this, Philip Gbeho had the opportunity of keeping up with his indigenous music by performing and teaching it.

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After graduating from the Achimota Teacher Training College in December 1929, Phillip returned to Keta to teach at his Alma Mater.

He also started an informal school of music in Keta that prepared students for the external examinations of London’s Victoria College of Music.


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