Former President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Bice Osei Kufuor, is proposing a state burial for deceased legendary Highlife musician, Nana Kwame Ampadu.
Obour shares the view that apart from the ‘Obra’ composer being one of the pioneers of Highlife music in the country, he also nurtured dozens of Ghanaian musicians.
He named some great musicians who are ‘graduates’ of Nana Ampadu’s school “We can’t mention them all from the likes of Akosua Agyepong, Oheneba Kisi, Nana Tuffour just to mention a few, all got trained by this great man.”
Speaking to Rev Nyansa Boakwa on Happy 98.9 FM’s NsemPii, he said, “He has also played a vital role in the Ghanaian music industry like GHAMRO and MUSIGA. Some years ago, he was even the General Secretary for MUSIGA and he did a great job.”
Obour mentioned that the late Nana Ampadu was amongst one of the few people who have really fought for the entertainment industry, more especially the music industry.
“If the country has lost someone as important as this, and it was not even on political grounds, he is well-deserving of a state burial,” he added.
He furthered that while he was President of MUSIGA, “we were able to get a state burial for the late Paapa Yankson, Jerry Hanson and Ebony. If we could give all these artistes a state burial, what is stopping us from doing same for this legend. The truth of the matter is, he deserves more than that,” he emphasized.
Popularly known as ‘Adwomtofo Nyinaa Hene highlife, Nana Amapdu is credited with about 800 household songs.