Legendary George Darko Has Passed On. The Deets Here

George Darko

Legendary highlife singer George Darko has passed following a while of sickness. He was 73.

The Ghanaian burger-highlife artist, guitarist, vocalist, composer and songwriter, was one of a handful of the composers who always advanced the Highlife genre to the world in the 80’s.

Born in Akropong in the Ashanti region, George has been in the music scene since the last part of the 1960s. However, he was famous during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, with timeless hit tunes including ‘Akoo Te Brofo’, Odo Colour, Highlife Time, Kaakyire Nua, and some more.

George Darko was one of the staggering guitar players who was constantly seen performing close by his guitar, which he built himself. He later changed to the stringed instrument.

Labeled as the King of burger-highlife, George Darko was also an astounding singer who carried a contemporary sensitivity to highlife music since the early1980s.

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Coming up, he cherished performing to engage people, so he learned traditional dancing and drumming. George Darko was inspired by the music of ‘The Beatles’, ‘The Rolling Stones’ and ‘Jimi Hendrix’.

He recorded and released his first solo cassette, ‘The Reborn Avengers’ which was renowned for his unique guitar beats.

He later settled in Germany, where he helped to form the ‘Bus Stop’ Band. By their third album he became the group’s lead vocalist. When the band disbanded in 1988, he continued to perform as a soloist.

George Darko’s single ‘Akoo Te Brofo’ still remains a masterpiece and he is currently featured on the ‘Kings of Highlife’ compilation album.

George was a Chief (Nana Ampem Darko) before his demise.

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