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Ghana's Highlife Music Collection

African Brothers


Nana Kwame Ampadu (African Brothers) (1945-)

Nana Kwame Ampadu was born at Obo Kwahu on March 31st 1945. In 1967, he was leading the African Brothers Band in Kumasi under the sponsorship of the Ambassador Gardens Hotel. The African Brothers band’s first big success was the song "Ebi Tie Ye" (Some Live Well) released in 1967, which they later made into a play. The theme of the song is the growing division of society into rich and poor.

Between 1968 and 1978, the group had released 400 single tracks. The group introduced Tinawele dance and Afrohili beat and a beautiful blend of highlife and reggae called Afro-reggae. In 1976, the group was hired to tour the United States of America and Canada.

Source: J. Collins, 1994, p.33;