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Published on Jan 5, 2019
Yaa Amponsah is the most popular highlife song. It's melody and rhythms is to West Africa what the twelve-bar blues is to Black Americans. Yaa Amponsah was on the first ever Ghanaian recording, made by the KUMASI TRIO (Kwame Asare-guitar, H.E. Binney-2nd guitar, Kwah Kantah-Wooden box). Recorded on June 1928 in London for the Zonophone gramophone company's EZ series. - Yaa Amponsah song was around even before the first recording. It has been associated with a group of local cocoa brokers who were sent to Apedjwa in 1918, by the British merchant, S. Barnet, when the brokers set up the town's first dance club. Yaa Amponsah was the sister of one of the cocoa brokers and she taught highlife dance and ballroom dancing at this club. She was so beautiful and stunning. The song was written about her. The Kumasi Trio spread this song far and wide when it first appeared on their gramophone release. And it's the most recorded and played melody from Ghana. By Professor John Collins. Berima Amo gives us his rendition using only his mouth to create all the instruments and also sing. Enjoy. #YaaAmponsah#HighlifeMusic#FolkMusic#YearOfReturn