UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT: NANA BOAKYE YIADOM II

UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT: NANA BOAKYE YIADOM II

On dawuro maakye today (june 21, 2018),Nana Boakye Yiadom who was the special guest on the show today shared a story of himself and his rise to fame as a percussionist (kete). Speaking to Nana Akosua Takyaw Aprepi (Host), he said:"years ago i had the passion for music and arts especially playing kete(a traditional percussive instrument).

Under the tutelage of Nana K. Gyasi i started playing kete, i later joined a cultural group under the leadership of Madame Esther Menkah.I later touched base in kumasi after a 'misunderstanding' with the band leader. I was taught electrical as a career those days too. MY passion for music re-ingnited after a while so i traveled again to Accra with a built shoe-shine box to keep me busy from bad influence. I met K. Gyasi the second time to continue music as a full time career, so in other to support my career, i sold stationaries.I was a key figure in the band and had the opportunity to play with Afia Kobi, Osibisa and others.My hard-working and resilient self got me that far. My friends and i modernized kete with jazz flute and microphone which made us sing and play at a time. We later got the opportunity to travel Abroad and through that we gained an award. A lady amongst the group decided to run away to seek greener pasture, upon realizing that we sent her back to Ghana through avoid complications.This generated a disagreement between some of the leaders and us the members so there was a split up.I then formed my own group eventually.I got a new contract abroad so, i trained my group and later traveled together to U.S.A to perform.Later we (the band) had an issue with the contractor over our payment. The contractor lied and run away leaving us behind without payment.Through frustration, we parted ways, i got help from an old friend who gave me accommodation.That's how i survived".Dawuro maakye is the morning show that airs weekdays on RTV from 6:00am - 10:00am.  

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