Legendary Ghanaian highlife singer, Akwaboah Senior has passed away, leaving behind an indelible mark on the music industry.
The news about Akwaboah’s death was confirmed by his son, Akwaboah Jr., who shared photos of his dad across all social media platforms on May 16 with the caption: “RIP DAD.”
The veteran instrumentalist and singer died at the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi in the early hours of Tuesday, May 16, 2023, according to multiple local media reports. Although the exact cause of his passing is still unknown, he was said to have been suffering from glaucoma, which caused him to lose his vision in both eyes.
Akwaboah Senior played a significant role in shaping the Highlife genre in Ghana. His contributions to Highlife music were immeasurable, as he effortlessly infused his songs with heartfelt emotions and relatable storytelling. His captivating voice, rich with depth and resonance, transported listeners into a realm of pure musical bliss.
Akwaboah Senior’s melodic compositions, often accompanied by his soul-stirring guitar melodies, captured the essence of Highlife’s joyous spirit and heartfelt lyrics. Songs that defined his career, such as “Awerekyekyere,” “Hini Me,” “Me do Wo,” and “Bome Nkomode,” showcased his exceptional vocal range and ability to express profound emotions through music. His songs often explored themes of love, societal issues, and cultural pride, resonating deeply with audiences across generations.