Obuoba J.A. Kwabena Adofo has 115 albums to his credit. Not too shabby.
"I was nearly killed!"
Speaking with NEWS-ONE, Adofo remembered a plot on his life masterminded by his late promoter named Ango:
'We had an agreement that if I record for him, he will buy me a car. So after we finished the job, he took me to Nigeria to buy the car for me.
We got to Nigeria at about 11:00am but he didn't proceed to the bank to withdraw money for the car. He waited till 4:30pm before we went to the bank.
It was too late so we couldn't buy the car after withdrawing the money. So he said I should rather sleep so that the next day we buy the car.'
He said the promoter gave him the money to keep after putting him in a hotel.
'The money was 10,000 naira but he took 2000 naira. He then hired a hotel called Kwadan for me at Agege, a suburb of Lagos.
In the evening, when I was going to sleep, something told me to go out and look for some tea to take. In the course of taking the tea, I overhead some two Ghanaians chatting in my language.
I greeted them and introduced myself to them. I also told them that a producer brought me to Nigeria to buy a car for me and he came to hire that hotel for me to sleep so that the next day we buy the car.'
According to him, the two guys told him they would not allow him to sleep in that hotel because 'everyday blessed day, the hotel is robbed.
They said if I sleep, there they would rob and kill me. Also, the guys couldn't take me to Apapa where they lived because it was far from where we were.
But they advised me not sleep in the hotel, whatever the case may be. There was this refuse dump behind the hotel, so I went for bedspread and blanket in the hotel room and found matches and set fire on the refuse.
I hid the money in my pants and covered myself with blanket. People who passed thought I was probably a mad person who had come to the area.'
He said, 'The next morning, armed robbers raided the hotel and killed people. When the producer came to see me in the morning, he looked surprised.
He deliberately put me in that hotel so that they would come and rob the money from me and take it back. They were surprised to see me alive.'
The veteran musician is making the revelation 24 years after the incident occurred. He said he believed he survived because God loved him.
The experience, he noted, opened his eyes to how to deal with people in the music industry.
"Every album by K.K.'s No. 2 Band is a treat to hear, but it's a shame that there
isn't much information available about this group and its leader/singer A.K.
Yeboah (Anthony King Yeboah, or sometimes "King" Yeboah). We know that Yeboah
received his musical training under the legendary highlife musician and concert
party performer Kakaiku (Moses Oppong). Yeboah went on to perform with Kakaiku's
no. 2 band, which I would guess was the group out of which K.K.'s no. 2 Band
evolved. According to John Collins, Yeboah and his K.K.'s no. 2 went on to
perform as a concert party troupe, surely a successful one considering Yeboah's
early training in Kakaiku's band." Osibisaba http://osibisaba.blogspot.com/
Ali Chukwumah and his Peacemakers Int. Band of Nigeria
Gentleman Ali Chukwumah
AGB22 - 1981
side one: Egwundioma
From Toshiya Endo's Ali Chukwuma discography:
"Also known as "Ali Chukumah,""Ali Chuks" and "Ali Chukus." Almost completely unknown outside of Nigeria, this singer hails from Aboh, Oshimili LGA in Anambra State. He moved to nearby Atani at an early age following the death of his father. It is here that he made the acquaintance of fellow town resident Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe and joined his Nigeria Sound Makers Band in the late 1960s. He left in 1975 to form his own Peace Makers Dance Band, which released a number of rootsy highlife LPs in the 1970s and eighties.
Some have speculated that Ali Chukwuma is a Muslim. This is not true. Rather he takes the name "Ali" from his idol Ali Baba, a famous African wrestler of the sixties and seventies.
Ali Chukwuma passed away of liver failure in the mid 1980s, but his work is still greatly appreciated by highlife music lovers everywhere." - John Beadle http://endolab.jp/endo/EAChukwuma.html
"There are no words eloquent enough to describe this Album. It is beautiful beyond description. Why? Because much of Adofo's talent and musical skill has been displayed in it. In selections like 'Nko Nngya M'ekyir', 'Ofie Nipa See Woa,' 'Ankwanoma Dede' and 'Nko Besie' to mention but few, the beautiful sweet rhythms and the superbly magnetic voice of Adofo flowing through them, will no doubt give each and every listener of this Album, a complete musical satisfaction. Just take it easy and listen to the fantastic numbers awaiting you on this LP after which you'll agree with me that this Album is really great, fantastic and magnificent" Samuel Yaw Opong Safo (Wofa Yaw) (from the back cover)