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George Darko: Veteran highlife musician is dead

The "Ako Te Brofo" hitmaker known for his skills as a guitarist, vocalist, composer, and songwriter, held the title of Tufuhene of Akropong, bearing the stool name Nana Apem Darko I

Veteran highlife musician George Darko has passed away.

Report suggests he died on Wednesday (20 March). The cause of his death is currently unknown.

The “Ako Te Brofo” hitmaker known for his skills as a guitarist, vocalist, composer, and songwriter, held the title of Tufuhene of Akropong, bearing the stool name Nana Apem Darko .

 

About George Darko 

George Darko was born 1951 at Akropong, the son of a Paramount Chief. He began learning guitar in 1957 at the Presbyterian School, Akropong.
His father wanted him to become a lawyer so he left home and stayed with his uncle, Nana Boafo. He joined Gaby Nick Valdo ‘s Avengers band in 1969 when he was only 18 years of age, and moved on to become guitarist for the Soul Believers, the Blue Monks, and for the army band, the Fourth Dimension, which entertained troops in the Middle East.
He then formed the Golden Stool Band and they left Ghana for Germany in the late 1970s. In Hamburg he went solo and in 1982 composed the song ‘Akoo Te Brofo ‘ that catapulted him and his Bus Stop Band (singer Lee Duodu, keyboardist Bob Fiscian) to fame.
His style of disco-highlife became known as ‘burgher highlife’ since it was created in Hamburg, where many Ghanaians had resettled.
His style became immensely popular in Ghana and was copied by many highlife musicians, such as The Lumba Brothers, Rex Gyamfi, and Sloopy Mike Gyamfi. In 1988 he returned to settle in his hometown and was made a chief in 1991 with the stool (throne) name of Nana Yaw Ampem Darko .
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