Nana Ampadu

Nana Kwame Ampadu (born 31 March 1945) is a Ghanaian musician credited with numerous popular highlife tracks and he is known to have composed over 800 songs.[1][2]

Nana Kwame Ampadu
Born (1945-03-31) 31 March 1945 (age 76)
Instrumentsvocal, guitar
Associated actsNana Acheampong, George Darko, Amakye Dede, A. B. Crentsil

Ampadu's "African Brothers Band" was formed in 1963. One of the founding members was Eddie Donkor.[3] He came to prominence in 1967 when he released his song Ebi Te Yie (or "Some Are Well Seated"), a song that was seen as potentially critical of the then-governing National Liberation Council and disappeared from the airwaves, only returning after the end of military rule. In 1973 he won a nationwide competition in Ghana to be crowned the Odwontofoohene, or "Singer-in-Chief".[4]

His musical career has also involved him in electoral politics, including composing a song for Jerry Rawlings's National Democratic Congress party to use in the 1992 election campaign. Ampadu also released a song critical of an attempt to disqualify Rawlings from the 1992 election based on him being half-Scottish.[5]

Early lifeEdit

Nana Ampadu was born at Adiemmra on the Afram Plains[6] in the Eastern Region of Ghana on 31 March 1945.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Nana Kwame Ampadu 1 and his African Brothers Band Int". Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Nana Kwame Ampadu @ 50". Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Legends of Ghanaian Highlife Music: Senior Eddie Donkoh". African Research Consult. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  4. ^ Anyidoho, Kofi; Gibbs, James (2000). FonTomFrom: Contemporary Ghanaian Literature, Theatre and Film. Rodopi. pp. 142–146. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  5. ^ Andrews, Adrianne R.; Adjaye, Joseph K. (1997). Language, Rhythm, & Sound: Black Popular Cultures Into the Twenty-first Century. University of Pittsburgh Press. p. 71. ISBN 0822971771. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  6. ^ Anyidoho, Kofi; Gibbs, James (2000). FonTomFrom: Contemporary Ghanaian Literature, Theatre and Film. Rodopi. p. 142. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  7. ^ Boateng, Michael. "Feature: Nana Kwame Ampadu I – The life of the hi-life great". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  8. ^ Daily Guide (5 August 2011). "Pastors Chase Nana Ampadu Music Videos". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 31 May 2019.