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Alex Konadu

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B. Kumasi, Asante, Ghana. Billed variously as ‘One Man Thousand’ or ‘The One Man Battalion’, those nicknames attest to Konadu’s phenomenal musical abilities. A purist in his dedication to...

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C.K. Mann

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B. Charles Kofi Amankwas Mann, Accra, Ghana. Singer, guitarist and saxophonist Mann was a member of the Sweet Talks before setting out on a solo career singing what he describes ...

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Crentsil, A.B., And The Ahenfo Band

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B. 1950, Saltpond, Ghana. After attending school in Takoradi Crentsil initially sought employment as an apprentice electrician with Ghana Railways, as his father had done before him....

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Dede, Amakye, And The Apollo Kings International Band

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B. Dan Amakye Dede, 1957, Agogo, Asante, Ghana. Before embarking on his solo career with the Apollo Kings in 1980, Dede had worked with the Kumapim Royals from 1975 onwards ...

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Dele Abiodun

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B. 30 March 1948, Bendel, Nigeria. Resisting his parents’ plans for a career in medicine, ‘Admiral’ Dele Abiodun used his school fees to enrol at the Young Pioneers College in ...

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Dzadzeloi

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As with the better known Wulomei, Dzadzeloi were part of the early to mid-70s acoustic highlife revival which briefly swept Ghana. Typically, their sound was characterised by sweet female...

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Ebenezer Obey

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B. 27 August 1942, Abeokuta, Nigeria. Obey’s earliest musical experiences were as a member of the local church choir while a child in Abeokuta - his parents, both devout Christians ...

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E.T. Mensah

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B. Emmanuel Teteh Mensah, 31 May 1919, Accra, Ghana, d. 19 July 1996. Known throughout West Africa as ‘the King of Highlife’, Mensah was the single greatest influence on the ...

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George Darko

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B. 12 January 1951, Akropong, Ghana. The usual route taken by Ghanaian musicians wishing to forge an international reputation or make use of the sophisticated studio technology of the west...

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Guy Warren

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B. Kofi Ghanaba, 1923, Accra, Ghana. Warren was a visionary musician so far ahead of his time that he was for most of his career obliged to scrape a living ...

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