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date: 14 October 2019

Nimo, Koo [Amponsah, Daniel Kwabena; Boah-Amponsem, Kwabena; Ko Nimo, Konimo]locked

  • Andrew L. Kaye


[Amponsah, Daniel Kwabena; Boah-Amponsem, Kwabena; Ko Nimo, Konimo]

(b Ofoase, Asante District, Gold Coast, Oct 3, 1934). Ghanaian musician . He moved to the Asante court in Kumasi when his sister married into the royal family in 1941. He attended Adisadel College in Cape Coast, and in 1954 moved to Accra to study medical technology and play guitar in a highlife group, I.E.’s Band. Returning to Kumasi in 1955, he performed on GBC radio where he was assigned his stage name, began songwriting and married. In 1962–5 he studied biochemistry and music in England. His début recordings as ‘Koo Nimo’ were released in 1966. His songs are typically scored for male vocals, one or two acoustic guitars, bass mbira and struck idiophone. His songs in highlife style, such as Aburokyiri Abrabo (‘Overseas Life’) display Western-influenced harmony and guitar styling, whereas songs in indigenous forms such as odonson and kurunku are more traditional. His thumb-and-forefinger guitar-picking style has been referred to as palm wine guitar. A storyteller in song, his Asante-Twi lyrics comprise traditional proverbs. Themes include village life, marital problems, Asante history, philosophical reflection and modern life. He has toured the USA, the UK, Australia and the Caribbean. He is the subject of several films and the recipient of numerous awards including the Grand Medal for lifetime service to Ghana in ...

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