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Entertainment of Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Source: angelonline.com.gh

Nana Ampadu is a ‘music museum’; deserves a state burial – Ras Caleb Appiah-Levi

The late legendary highlife musician, Nana Ampadu The late legendary highlife musician, Nana Ampadu

The Greater Accra Regional Chairman of Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Ras Caleb Appiah-Levi, has described legendary highlife musician, Nana Ampadu as a music museum.

According to him, Nana Ampadu is worth celebrating as a musical icon who has given his all and paid his dues to his nation.

Speaking on Angel FM’s Anopa Bofo Morning Show, Ras Caleb said “Nana Ampadu is a museum. We have lost a legend. I am sad that he’s not well celebrated as much as he deserves…He fought for the royalties of musicians to be paid”.

Ras Caleb also hinted that he is not surprised at his genre of music, which he feels may have been influenced by the legend.

“I know his music from the 1970s. I am not surprised that I’m even toeing the line of Reggae music. I used to play his songs with gramophone back in my father’s village”

The Greater Accra MUSIGA chairman called on the state to honour the memory of the veteran musician.

“He deserves a state burial and I am sure that’s what the family would want. We all need to celebrate our legends before they pass on. But now government, musicians the media and all should honour him,” he suggested.

He believes that President Akufo-Addo would consent to such a request or even ponder over it since the same was done for Paapa Yankson, Awura Ama Badu among others.

Speaking to Kwamina Sam-Biney, actor Kofi Adu popularly known as Agya Koo, said he is saddened by Nana Ampadu’s passing. He also expressed worry about the neglect of unsung heroes whose contributions to national development cannot be overemphasized.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), Abraham Adjatey, has praised the musical icon for his immense contributions to Ghana’s Music Industry.

Mr. Adjatey stressed that Nana Ampadu’s musical prowess is what has earned him the nickname ‘steel of the Highlife genre’.

Nana Kwame Ampadu passed away on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, after he was admitted at the Intensive Care Unit of the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC)

Nana Ampadu led the musical group called African Brothers Band.

The legend, who also headed MUSIGA as its president, is famous for songs like Obra, Oman Bo Adwo, Emelia, Agatha and many others.