April is marked in many places around the world as Jazz Appreciation Month. Let’s modify that into a celebration of an appreciation for our local GH female musicians. Today, we celebrate…
15. Akosua Agyapong
For her debut Frema album in 1990, Akosua Agyapong with her mother’s influence, sought out Highlife star Nana Kwame Ampadu for guidance. The title track and other songs from the collection such as Me Ye Obaa, Born Again, Anantuo and San Be Hwe Wo Mba were well-received and Akosua’s music career was off and running. She recorded another album, Esiwa, and teamed up with Nat Brew and Rex Omar to form Nakorex in 1992. The trio put out memorable songs like Kpanlogo Ye De, Oreba, Odo Kaya and Odo Bema Me So. Akosua has done more work since the demise of Nakorex. She describes her output in the post-Nakorex era as spreading the good news without necessarily shouting ‘Jesus’ or ‘God’ all the time in the songs. She’s been a judge on some music talent contests. Her old songs still move her fans. United Kingdom-based singer, Stephanie Benson, is her sister.
By: Nii Laryea Korley