Ace Highlife Musician Jewel Kofi Ackah passes on

Veteran musician Jewel Ackah has died. The sensational musician, who is a known supporter of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), passed away on Friday, April 27.

He was known to have been battling stroke and other sicknesses for about a decade.

Several personalities and groups, including an NDC group and Nana Appiah Mensah, Chief Executive Officer of Zylofon Media, had made donations for the veteran musician’s upkeep and medical care.

The famed highlife artiste suffered a stroke among other sicknesses for the past ten years but died on Friday evening.

Jewel Ackah was one of the many musicians who popularised highlife music in the 1980s and 1990s. His sweet voice and enticing Fante lyrics made him an exceptional artist. After years in the highlife scene, he found Christ and shifted to gospel music in the late 1990s.

Some of his songs included ‘AsomdwoeHene’, ‘Jesus’, ‘ManyeYie,’ among others.

He was credited with the composition of the NDC’s anthem which is considered as a symbol of the party’s unity.

Mr Ackah was also very instrumental in the composition of other songs for the party especially in the run-up to elections.

He died at age 73.

Meanwhile former President Jerry John Rawlings has paid glowing tribute to the deceased veteran Ghanaian musician.

Rawlings in a tweet at the weekend acknowledged Jewel Ackah for the popularity of the NDC in the country through his musical compositions.

“You made a significant contribution to the Ghanaian music industry”, the former president and founder of the NDC said.

“Your danceable tunes are immortalised in the NDC, helping to catapult its name across the country. Ghana has indeed lost a jewel. Fare thee well Jewel Ackah. Sincere sympathies to the family”, he added.

 

Today Arts & Entertainment
…with Edward Blagogee (edward.blagogee@todaygh.com)

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