Archive | July 2012

Tribute to The Late Dr. F. Kenya – (The Power House)

Dr. F. Kenya is probably one of the greatest high-life guitarists in Ghana.  His two Powerhouse LPs, which he performed on and composed, epitomize the seriousness of the guitar band format, up to par with such luminaries as Nana Ampadu or K. Frimpong.
F. Kenya was born in the Ghanaian town of Aziama in the Ellembelle District (Nzema ). Trained as a goldsmith, he started singing in the mid 60’s with the Ahamanos band and later joined Kaikaiku’s No. 1 band before going out his own in the late 70’s. He was one of the first popular singers to sing in his native Nzema language and the energy in his vocals and performances made him very popular in Ghana and neighboring Ivory Coast. A few F. Kenya tracks have appeared in the Gun and Guitar compilations Vol 1 and 2 put out by John Booker. F. Kenya moved to the Ivory Coast in the early 80’s and did a number of LP’s, which were very popular during those years.

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The music of F. Kenya is (in my humble opinion) some of the most stunning Ghanaian highlife ever recorded, music with a unique sound characterized by deep Akan harmonies, sweet organs, and breathtakingly beautiful vocals. The Power House, released on Essiebons in 1975, is Francis Kenya’s first full length record. Like Kenya’s other work, these songs are beautifully arranged, with rich musical textures that feature an interplay between interlocking guitar parts and organ lines. In addition, these songs are unique in that they are sung in Nzema (Kenya’s own language) rather than the dominant Asante Twi (generally the language of highlife). The Nzema are an Akan ethnic group found on both sides of the Southern Ghana/Côte d’Ivoire border.  As in the context of other African countries, boundaries imposed by European colonizers frequently divided ethnically similar groups across arbitrary national borders.

Below is a brief biography of F. Kenya from the back of this album:

This is a tribute to the music, life and times of the Late Dr. F Kenya

other sources:

music provided by: Egya Anyimah

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TRIBUTE TO STONE MENDS(Livingstone Mensah)

TRIBUTE TO STONE MENDS


The news of your departure was not only shocking but challenging too, not only because you will be missed in person and physical but the pending questions for everyone is if granted more grace on earth by God……………….

Mends, we love you so much for the role you played as Nzema Youth Association (NYA) member.

Your impeccable character and immaculate love you had for Nzema Youth Association (NYA), Nzemaland and Ghana can never be quantified.

You’ll always remain in the heart and annals of Nzema Youth Association (NYA) till we meet again at the feet of God.

Stone, May your loving and most gentle soul rest in perfect peace of the Lord.

Video designed by: Mr.Anyimah Ofoli Kanrah

Signed:

Mr.Kingsley Blay Ackah
President
Nzema Youth Association

JOMORO DISTRICT NATIONAL SERVICE PERSONNEL GAVE NEW TOWN D.A JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL A GOOD FACE-LIFT THROUGH PAINTING

NEW TOWN D.A JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL A NEW FACE-LIFT THROUGH PAINTING

After twenty five (25) years since the establishment of the New Town D.A. Junior High School, it has now been given a good face-lift through painting by the Jomoro District National Service Personnel.

The painting project which was carried out by the Service Personnel themselves saw both male and female Personnel exhibiting their painting skills. The Service Personnel who showed much exuberance in painting the School, helped in transmogrifying the look of the School after the project. It was however spectacular watching or seeing the female National Service Personnel exhibiting their painting capabilities, as many of the community folks came looking at them with much surprises on their face.

In an interview with the President of Jomoro District National Service Personnel, Mr. Nelson Kpatakpa, he posited that the painting project was one of their little ways of contributing their quota towards development of the District. According to him as the wise Latin dictum “Cui Multum Datum” meaning to whom much is given much is expected stipulates, Service Personnel in the Jomoro District have recognized the gargantuan contribution of the Ghanaian Community or Society as a whole in given them good, quality and higher education, through the numerous taxes that they paid and that it is about time that they as fresh graduates started to give back to the society by contributing towards its development.

He further intimated that, Ghanaians as a whole cannot continue to leave every developmental agendum to the government, since the government alone cannot do everything.

Mr. Nelson Kpatakpa also inferred that the painting project was also to equip Service personnel in the District the opportunity to acquire basic requisite skills in painting, so as to enable them embark on their domestic individual paintings after they completed their National Service.

He also used the opportunity to call on other National Service executives, to emulate this benevolent gesture or project in their various districts, so as to leave an indelible mark there after the completion of their Service period, and not to only be concerned about organizing extravagant beach parties, excursions and dinners.

The headmaster of the New Town D.A Junior High School, Mr. Joseph Mozou Tanoe on behalf of the staff and students of the School expressed their profound gratitude to the Jomoro District National Service Personnel and inferred that twenty five (25) years after the building of the school, it has never been painted, until now.

Mr. Mozou however showered full praises on the 2011/2012 batch of the Jomoro District National Service Personnel, stating that no amount of adjective can qualify how much they appreciate their effort.

He also called on other associations and organizations in the country to complement the effort of the government by emulating the kind gesture showed by the Jomoro District National Service Personnel.

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Anaafi Isaac Vasco
Jomoro District
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