Nana Kwame Ampadu is an illustrious Ghanaian musician who have gained a high level of popularity because his exceptional lyrical dexterity.
He was credited with a large number of popular highlife tracks that made waves during the late 90’s. Nana Ampadu is known to have composed over 800 songs.
Preferably, he was known as Adwomtofo Nyinaa Hene which means “King Of All Musicians” in English language.
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Nana Kwame Ampadu was born on 31 March 1945 which means he was 76 years before he died. He was born at Kwahu, Obo, a very popular town in the Eastern region of Ghana.
The actual name he was given by his parents was Patrick Kwame Ampadu. He was born to Opanyin Kwame Ampadu and Mercy Afua Ntiriwaa.
In 1963, Nana Ampadu formed part of a music group called the “African Brothers Band”. A founding member of this group was named Eddie Donkor.
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The name was in support of the then President Kwame Nkrumah’s call for African unity. In 1973, the name of the group was changed to African Brothers International Band.
In 1967, Nana Ampadu rose to prominence after he released a song titled “Ebi Te Yie”, a title which means “Some are seated well” in English language.
The song was seen as potentially critical of the then National Liberation Council (NLC) political party. This famous tune suddenly disappeared from the waves and came back after military rule.
In 1973, Nana Ampadu won a nationwide competition and was crowned “Adwomtofo Hene” which means “Singer-in Chief”.
His famous music career led him to compose a song for Jerry John Rawlings’ National Democratic Congress (NDC) for use during the 1992 general election.
Nana Ampadu died on 28 September 2021 at the age of 76.
Below is a list of some of his songs that made waves for a couple of decades.
- Oman Bo Adwo
- Kofi Nkrabea
- Yaw Berko
- Aku Sika
- Ebi Te Yie
- Obra Twa Owu
- Ofie Nwansena
- Obi Benya Wo
- Anomaa Tewaa