Funeral For Late Highlife Legend Nana Ampadu Continues Today

The funeral for legendary highlife musician Nana Kwame Ampadu continues today, October 7, 2022.

The late musician has been laid in state for viewing and filing past at the forecourt of the State House in Accra.

The funeral rites commenced yesterday, with a vigil at the forecourt of the State House in Accra.

The mortal remains of the late highlife legend will be taken to his hometown at Kwahu Obo in the Eastern Region on Saturday, October 8, 2022, for interment. 

Nana Kwame Ampadu died at age 76 on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, after battling an illness and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) in Accra.

Following the musician’s death, President Nana Akufo-Addo announced his decision to honour the late legendary highlife musician Nana Kwame Ampadu with a state-assisted burial for his contribution to the growth of the Ghanaian music industry.

Nana Kwame Ampadu was once President of MUSIGA and was also the leader of the African Brothers Band, formed in 1963.

The legendary highlife musician has been credited with several popular highlife tracks.

He is known to have composed over 800 songs.

He became prominent in 1967 when he released his song Ebi Te Yie (“Some Are Well Seated”). This song was critical of the then-governing National Liberation Council (NLC), which toppled Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah.

The song disappeared from the airwaves, only returning after the end of military rule.

In 1973, he won a nationwide competition in Ghana and was crowned the “Adwontofoohene,” or King of Singers.

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