Pozo Hayes’ Love For Sonny Okosun And How He Was Propelled..

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According to the legendary Ghanaian singer Pozo Hayes, his love and enthusiasm for singing started while in primary school.

During a conversation with Assase radio 99.5 on Wednesday September 20, the highlife singer whose real name is Nana Boakye Ofori Atta, said his music career was for the most part propelled by the Nigerian singer Sonny Okosun.

Pozo Hayes recalled when he started from the primary to secondary school days with such a lot of energy for music. During the discussion, this is what he expressed:

“I was singing in school from primary to secondary school. One day during an inter-school competition, I sang James Brown’s music, and the whole place went mad. After that, we formed a band called XYZ.”

“There was a popular Nigerian musician called Sonny Okosun and he was performing at Kokomlemle in Accra and I went there with my friend.

“At a certain time, Sonny said he wanted someone who can sing and I told Jerry my friend to tell them I can sing; I mounted the stage and sang and that is how people got to know me”

Starting around 1985, Pozo Hayes has given audience members a very much a storm of hit tunes including: Looking Over There, Su Nkwa (which is an LP, Album) which was a collaboration with the Marriots, Tell Me, Gye Me, Akeka Keka, Suffering In This World and many more.

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Pozo Hayes is quite possibly of the best singers Ghana has produced, who has over the years, been active musically until he went into hibernation due to reasons most popular to him.

Then again, Sonny Okosun was a Nigerian performer, who was the leader of the Ozzidi Band.

He named his band Ozzidi after an eminent Ijaw river god, but to Okosun the meaning was “there is a message”. His surname is sometimes spelled Okosuns and his first name Sunny. He was one of the leading Nigerian musicians from the late 1970s to mid-1980s.

Okosun’s kind of African popular music, Ozzidi, is a combination of Afro-beat, reggae and funk music.

From 1977, he became known for protest melodies about Pan Africanism, freedom and a couple of other social and political centered issues affecting Africans.

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