In 1963, the musician formed the "African Brothers Band" with Eddie Donkor and some others. Many referred to him as the "King" of Highlife music, earing him the moniker "Nana" Kwame Ampadu. He gain prominence in 1967 where he released his first single "Ebi Te Yie" meaning "Some Have Good Lives". Everyone knew him by that song.
Nana Ampadu has more than 800 songs to his credit consisting of Obiaa Ba Nnye, Mother, Aku Sika, Kofi Nkrabea, Woyoo Wo, Agatha, Anibere Nnye, Mentumi Ngyae Wo, Obra and many more.
He married FIVE wives. He had the first one Yaa Henewaa in 1968 and gave birth to two children, all boys. The marriage broke after ten years. Nana Ampadu wedded another wife Cecilia Dede and had a daughter with her. Mom Bee was he's third wife. She was a musician, the two got together and was blessed with another boy. Nana met and married Akoua Agatha an Ivorian lady in 1981. Three years later the marriage broke. Nana Yaa Fosua was the last wife Nana Ampadu got married to in 1992 and had two children, a boy and a girl with her.
The sad death of Nana Ampadu happened on Tuesday, 28th September, 2021 at an east Legon hospital.
Nana Ampadu had nine children:
Kadwo Samuel Ampadu, Kwaku Amoh Ampadu
Michael Kwaku Nyarko Ampadu,Naomi Ampadu,Sheila Ampadu,Anthony Ampadu, Kwabena Gyimah Amoah Ampadu, Oheneba Yaw Rawlings Ampadu who was named after the late former president, JJ Rawlings and the last is Yaa Kesewaa Ampadu.
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