The Ghanaian music industry has gone through many phases due to the influence and contributions of legends like Osibisa, Nana Ampadu, Reggie Rockstone, the late Terry Bonchaka, Daddy Lumba among others.
Their lyrics were often filled with advice, cultural values, andgood messages with a medley of traditional sounds from Ghana. Let’s look at 5 Ghanaian storytelling songs that still receive massive airplanes on our radio.
Bernice Ofei – Life Is Short
The “evergreen” Bernice Ofei is one of the pioneers of theGospel genre in Ghana. Bernice used to sing during her time at Secondary School.
The veteran Gospel musician learned how to play the guitar during her leisure time after completing her ‘O’ levels.
She started writing her songs and released her debut album “We are Victors” in the year 1991. “Life is Short” encourages us to live a life that’s pleasing to our maker.
Nana Tuffour – Abeiku
The late Nana Tuffour was a very great storyteller and was also acknowledged for his in-depth knowledge of the Highlife genre.
“9-9-2-4” started his musical career as a pianist for a Ghanaian-based music band and released 15 albums that had popular songs like Sika Kakra, Owuo Sei Fie, Akatakyiwa among others.
“Abeiku,” tells the story of a young boy who prevented his parents from having a “little fun”.
Asem ft Kwabena Kwabena – Bye Bye
Asem is one of the best songwriters in terms of love songs. The hiplife legend started writing his songs at a very young age.
He came into the spotlight after releasing his first single “Give Me Blow”, followed by Pigaro, which got massive airplay on the various Ghanaian-based radio stations. “Bye-Bye is a love song that depicts the story of a brokenhearted guy.
Awurama Badu – Medo Fo Adaada Me
The late Awurama Badu paved the way for female musicians in the Ghanaian music industry. She was a force to be reckoned with in the male-dominated music industry.
The legendary Highlife musician started her musical career as a singer for the Ghana Police band and released hit songs like Obaatan Refre Ne Mma, Komkom, Apotro, and Odo Tie.
Nana Ampadu – Ebi Te Yie
Nana Ampadu is regarded in the music industry as one of the greatest musicians, who wrote approximately 800 classicalsongs. He is also known for composing a political song for the late Jerry John Rawlings during his political years in Ghana.
“Ebe Te Yie” was a controversial song that was released in late 1967. The song depicts how a few people are well to do in life.
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Story By Samuel Addo-Kofi