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Daddy Lumba

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Date of Birth:
1964-09-29
Place of Birth:
Nsuta, Ghana

Daddy Lumba is a multiple award-winning Ghanaian musician with a career spanning three decades. Lumba was born Charles Kwadwo Fosu on the 29th of September 1964 in a village called Nsuta Amangoase in the Sekyere Central District, near Mampong in Ashanti Region. He is regarded by many as the greatest Ghanaian musician of all time.

His father, Owoahene Kwadwo Fosu, a teacher, died when Daddy Lumba was only a child. His mother, Comfort Gyamfi, popularly known as Ama Saah, was also a teacher. She died in 2001 in Kumasi. Her death was a devastating blow to Lumba as she was literally everything to him. Many of Daddy Lumba's songs, including ‘Anidaso? W?h? Ma Obiara’, ‘Ohia As?m’, ?mmere Pa B?ba’, ‘Agya Bi Wua Agya Bi Tease’ were dedicated to her.

He is married with ten children.

Career

Daddy Lumba's music career started at the age of 16. He was the leader of Juaben Senior High School choir from 1983 to 1984 academic year where Christabel was the music teacher and he completed in 1985. In Juaben SHS, Lumba formed the Lumba Brothers group with his friends Yaw and Kwabena and girlfriend, Theresa Abebrese.

After school, with the help of his girlfriend Theresa, Lumba traveled to Germany to seek greener pastures.

In Germany, he met Ernest Nana Acheampong. Nana had already formed a group called Talking Dreams with a white man. The only thing Lumba knew at the time was gospel music, and he has credited Nana Acheampong for introducing him to highlife music.

They formed another group called Lumba Brothers, the same name as his first group when he was in Juaben SHS.

The pair planned releasing an album in 1986 but due to financial constrains, the album was released in 1989 with the help of Lumba's wife, Akosua Serwaa, who produced the album. The title of the album is Y??y? Aka Akwantuo Mu.

Daddy Lumba, in all, has released 33 albums. The albums include critically acclaimed ones like Aben W?ha, Awosu?, Obi Ate Me So Bu?, Sika As?m and Ebi Se ?y? Aduro.

He is currently gearing up for his 34th album, titled ‘Nnipa Fon Na ?ka Ns?m Fon’.

He has been consistent with the release of multiple-hit albums since then and has established himself as one of Ghana's most popular singers of the Highlife genre.

He introduced a future love song master, Ofori Amponsah, through his blockbuster hit album Woho Kyere (1999). Daddy Lumba's pairing in 1999 with the rising star produced five hits and shot Ofori Amponsah into the limelight. Altogether he has sprung the careers of 13 different Ghanaian musicians.

In 1999, he won three awards including Best Album, Artist of the Year and the Most popular Song of the Year at the Ghana Music Awards. Before the year 2002, Daddy Lumba came out every year with a hit album.

His solo career has not been devoid of controversy; one moment he would release a gospel album and the next he would shock people with his provocative lyrics and music videos. He has also faced accusations of skin bleaching. He has however denied bleaching his skin.

He owns his own studio where he does all his work and also owns machines for mastering, cassette duplication, loading, printing and shrink wrapping exclusively for his works. His music has evolved over the years to reflect the changes in taste and demands for music; he can currently be described as a contemporary highlife artist. Daddy Lumba has won several Ghana Music Awards and other excellence awards and continue to appeal to the young and old.

Selected discography

Yereye Aka Akwantuo Mu (with Nana Acheampong) (1989)

Obi Ate Meso Bo (1990)

Sika Asem as Lumba Brothers (with Nana Acheampong) (1991)

Vida with Felix Owusu (1992)

The Very Best Of Daddy Lumba Vol. 1 (1994)

Playboy (1995)

Biribi gyegye wo (1995)

Mesom Jesus (1995)

Hwan na Otene (1996)

Sesee Wo Se (1997)

Ebi se ?y? aduro (1998)

Aben waha (1998)

Woho kyere with Ofori Amponsah (1999)

Back for Good (1999)

Ase? ho (with Borax) (2000)

Mato Odo mu (2000)

Poison (2001)

M?ma afa wo tirim (2002)

Bubra (2003)

Pa Ntoma (with Borax) (2004)

Ahenfo Kyinye with Pat Thomas (2004)

Area Boy (2005)

Give peace a chance (2005)

Tokrom (2006)

Agenda (2007)

Sika (2008)

Aware Pa Ye Anibre (2009)

Kohye Po (2011)

Awoso (2014)

Ye Nea Woho Beto Wo (2014)

Hosanna with Great Ampong (2015)

Enko den (2016)

Awards

On August 18, 2018, he was acknowledged with an 'Icon/Legend of Entertainment' award at the Exclusive Men of the Year Africa Awards (EMY Award).

2000 Ghana Music Awards - Artist of the Year, Best Album of the Year, Most Popular Song of the Year

2003 Ghana Music Awards - Contemporary Highlife Artist, Contemporary Highlife Song, Contemporary Highlife Album

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