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Jewel Ackah

Jewel Ackah

Jewel Ackah


Jewel Kofi Ackah (1945 - 2018) was a Ghanaian singer and musician. Ackah started his career as a professional footballer, but went on to use his powerful, soul-tinged vocals with the cover-version band the Pick Ups in 1965. This was followed by stints with C.K. Mann’s Carousel Seven, the Eldoradoes and the Medican Lantics. He was also vocalist with the Sweet Talks at various times between 1975 and 1979, and during one of his periods away from the band in the late 70s, he rejoined Mann for an American tour. Read more on Last.fm
Jewel Kofi Ackah (1945 - 2018) was a Ghanaian singer and musician. Ackah started his career as a professional footballer, but went on to use his powerful, soul-tinged vocals with the cover-version band the Pick Ups in 1965. This was followed by stints with C.K. Mann’s Carousel Seven, the Eldoradoes and the Medican Lantics. He was also vocalist with the Sweet Talks at various times between 1975 and 1979, and during one of his periods away from the band in the late 70s, he rejoined Mann for an American tour.

In 1979 he fronted a new Sweet Talks line-up, and recorded Hallelujah! Amen! with a backing group he called S.T. Express. In 1980, he recorded the solo collection Asomdwee Henee, and then joined the Great Pilsner’s Band, a brewery-sponsored outfit that enjoyed a brief run of popularity. However, it was drugs, not lager, that took the sparkle from the Great Pilsner’s; about to tour the Ivory Coast, they were discovered in possession of marijuana, and the band folded.

In 1980, Ackah joined up with guitarist Kwame Nkrumah to make Yeridi A Wu, a loving and masterful re-recording of highlife hits from the 50s. In the mid-80s, in an unsuccessful attempt to find an international audience, he recorded the soca-influenced Super Pawa, and then the funk-highlife fusion London Connection. More enduring was his 1986 album, Electric Hi-Life, which found a more mature, thoughtful Ackah performing alongside Pat Thomas and A.B. Crentsil.

He continued his peripatetic existence as a solo artist and band vocalist in Accra and London until settling in Toronto, Canada, in the late 80s. For 1991’s Pull Him Down he renamed his band the Butterfly Six. Jewel Kofi Ackah was born in the 1945 at Axim in the Western Region of Ghana to Mr. Emmanuel Ackah and Ms. Cecilia Dye.

He started his education at the Axim Roman Catholic primary and completed in Takoradi in the 1963. Jewel had a career as a footballer and later joined the shipping company called Palm Line. He realized shipping was not his field so he was introduced into a traditional drumming group and within a short time he became the best in the group. Jewel was picked up by a renowned musician named Ebo Tailor. He started playing live dance band and played with guys like Elgrand Kwofie, C.K. Mann and Jos Akins as the master of the band.

In 1974 Jewel recorded his first album 'Gyaki Me" in the Nzema dialect which was a hit and won him several awards. He also sand with Pat Thomas to record the song "False Lover" the same year. Still as a drummer, he joined the famous Sweet Beans Band and through hard work was called to lead the Sweet Talks in Tema. From there he made his trip to the US with C.K.

Mann. After his trip he also made some single trips to Canada, back to the US and then to Europe. Jewel Ackah has 27 albums to his credit and he is married with six children. Read more on Last.fm.

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