Burger Highlife Legend, George Darko Is Dead

Legendary musician and burger highlife pioneer, George Darko is reported dead.

He died ‘peacefully’ on Wednesday, March 20, – a family source said.

Mr. Darko in private life was the Tufuhene of Akropong with the stool name, Nana Apem Darko I.

He was also a guitarist, vocalist, composer and songwriter, who has been on the music scene since the late 1960s.

George Darko was popular in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, and his songs are some of the most timeless and enduring highlife tracks in Ghana’s music circles.

About George Darko 

Touted as the king of burger highlife, George Darko is an amazing guitarist and vocalist who brought a contemporary sensitivity to highlife music since the early1980s. As a youngster, he learned traditional dancing and drumming. 

A teacher, who built his guitar, inspired Darko to switch to the stringed instrument. Despite continuing to be exposed to traditional music, Darko was enchanted by the music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix. He recorded and released his first solo cassette, ‘The Reborn Avengers’ which was renowned for his unique guitar beats.

He settled in Germany, where he helped to form the Bus Stop Band. By their third album, he became the group’s lead vocalist. When the band disbanded in 1988, he continued to perform as a soloist. His ‘Akoo te Brofo’ single remains a masterpiece and he is currently featured on the ‘Kings of Highlife’ compilation album.

Source: King Edward Ambrose Washman Addo/peacefmonline.com



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