Legendary musicain Nana Kwame Ampadu was born on 31 March 1945 to Samuel Kofie & Madam Mary Angamah in Adiemmra which happens to be in Obo-Kwahu in the eastern region of Ghana.
Ampadu’s “African Brothers Band” was formed in 1963. One of the founding members was Eddie Donkor 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”.
His musical career 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.
He was said to have grown up in Adiemmra where his parent used to stay. The musician formed the “African Brothers Band” in 1963 along with Eddie Donkor and a few others.
Nana Ampadu rose to fame after he released his single Ebi Te Yie in 1967 which led to him becoming a household name.
The musical is said to have over 800 songs to his credit with some of the songs been; Obiaa Ba Nye Anansesem Nnwom as well as Ebi Te Yie .
Nana Ampadu is said to be a father of eight children namely;
- KWADWO AMPADU
- KWAKU AMOH SAMUEL AMPADU
- MICHAEL KWAKU NYARKO AMPADU
- NAOMI AMPADU
- SHEILA AMPADU
- KWABENA GYIMAH AMOAH ANTHONY AMPADU
- OHENEBAH YAW RAWLINGS AMPADU named after Ghana’s former president, J.J.RAWLINGS, and YAA KESEWAA AMPADU.