Charles Amoah At Willi Roi's One Week Celebration at Tema Community 7
ABOUT CHARLES AMOAH One of the most successful artistes of the Burger highlife era, Charles Amoah needs no introduction.
One of the old highlife stars whose profile has been on the rise since he was lured into singing by Alex Kunadu at an early age, he started his career as a singer and a drummer with Ghanaian Dance Bands, including Kunadu's Parrots and the Precious Jewels before moving to Germany in the early 1980s where he became a major contributor to the burgeoning scene.
His first album, “Sweet Vibration”, sang splendidly in his sleek voice with confidence, displayed a high level of experience besides the complementary of very rich instruments.
It was released in Germany in the 1984s, followed by “Me ne wo begoro” in 1985.
These songs were so captivating, they drove people to the dance floor.
So successful were they, when “Eye Odo asem” was released in 1987, it also became an instant hit.
Charles Amoah, reserved and shy, is a divorcee with four kids.
In all, he has produced eight albums.
What make his songs pleasant are the import of the messages, coupled with the matching rhythms that accompanied them.
The same creative, beautiful use of instrumentation continued throughout the album, “Fre me”.
A fifteen - minute chat with Beatwaves unveiled further the personality of the successful Charles Amoah of the early 70s.
Amoah who said he had the desire to sing at an early age as a drummer who had then joined the Alex Kunadu band, “played with Nana Tufour in1974, played with Kofi Eni Johnson, Sparrows etc.” To him, his prominence in music was not just the result of talent but intelligence.
According to him, he had never thought he could ever rise to stardom; he had only thought of making people happy by way of touching the innermost parts of their souls with music, and only felt blessed when on stage.
Charles Amoah who said he had just begun to scratch the surface of his career, said he would not quit as a musician and would rather keep the music industry strong.
According to the highlife star, it is only in Ghana that musicians are poor, and blamed government for not putting structures in place to check the issue of piracy in the system which is currently collapsing the industry.
Commenting on unity among musicians, he said it was ignorant and naive on the part of some musicians to look down on others and called on other musicians to come together and check the issue of payola and piracy in the country.
He is meanwhile poised to come out as soon as possible with a new album. VIDEOS
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