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…
24. Asabea Cropper
Referred to by many as Queen of Highlife, she attended vocational school with the aim of becoming a dressmaker. A visit to her bassist brother in Togo who played with the Chrisara band at the Pussycat Night Club in Lome scuttled the dressmaking dream. After singing a song with Chrisara at a rehearsal, she was immediately drafted into the band. She was ‘discovered’ by the Sweet Talks band who were in Lome for some gigs and was convinced to come back to Tema, where she grew up, to join the band. Q1When Sweet Talks broke up, Asabea joined Black Hustlers. They also disintegrated while on a tour in Cote d’Ivoire. Before then, one of the band’s saxophonists, Tex Korley, had helped mould her into a soprano sax player. She lived and worked in Cote d’Ivoire and the United States for many years before returning home to settle. Her regular kente outfits and ‘kilimanjaro’ headgears make her one of the most easily recognizable personalities in Ghana. Her well-known songs include Wamaya, Torwia, Inamosi and Yehowa.
By: Nii Laryea Korley