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Honoring one of Ghana’s Highlife living legends – Ben Brako

Ben Brako was born in Accra on 20th May, 1952, and has had a career spanning over 20 years. He has been regarded as one of the pioneers of modern indigenous Ghanaian Highlife music.

He booked an active interest in the music and entertainment world at a very young age and yet he is one of the few musicians who took his education very serious.

The music icon holds a BA in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ghana, and BA in Media Communication Studies from East London University.

His love for singing took a serious turn when he was invited to be the lead singer in a new music group, The Flames in his secondary school, St. Augustine’s College. The group became the first group in Ghana to use a melodica.

They became so successful that they were instantly accepted by the music lovers, when they decided to play for money during the holidays. When he got into the University Of Ghana, he formed another group called Agromba Gudureba to test out his own music.

His debut album, Baya, in 1987 brought his talents to the attention of the nation and African music lovers worldwide. The album went on to win The Leisure Foundation Album of The Year 1987, and Musician of the year 1987, and also received Gold status in 1988.

He was rewarded further for his musical talent by winning the ECRAG Mahogany award for consistency in highlife music in 1989.

He has since released several album and toured cities around the world including London, Nottingham, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Toronto, New York, Washington DC, Connecticut, just to mention a few.

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Emmanuel Ghansah, Ghana Music

Singer, Songwriter, scriptwriter, blogger, lover of the creative arts, brands and communications expert.

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