Awurama Badu's death in November, last year, came as a surprise to many Ghanaians as news of her sickness was not widely reported.
After her burial at Banko, her hometown, the family moved to the Centre for National Culture (CNC) in Kumasi for the funeral.
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Here five of her songs that cements her place as a legendary highlife musician who will never be forgotten.
1. Medofo Adaadaa Me:
This is arguably Awurama's biggest song as it still receives a lot of attention whenever it is played even in the modern times.
It is love-themed song in which Awurama talks about her lover deceiving her and leading her astray.
After staying with the lover through hard times, the lover dumped her when things started turning out well for him.
The song was likely going to be popular because by touching on a subject as contentious as broken heart, she had, whether intentionally or unitentionally, spoken [or still speaks] to the relationship problems of many people.
It's greatness is summed up in the fact a remix in the 2001 with rapper, Omanhene Pozo, became an instant hit and propelled the rapper's solo career to new heights.
In this song, Awurama is assuring her lover that, come what may, she will marry him because of his positive values.
She extols her lover as quiet, calm and above all someone who makes her happy hence her decision to marry him.
This one is definitely one for you to listen to if you are content with your relationship.
Awurama personified the croaking of toads to be a conversation between a grandmother, her daughter and grand daughter.
The daughter croaks that she is very old and the grand daugther jumps in to ask if she is not also old enough. The grandmother, who obviously must lay claim to old age, responds, with a bit of surprise, why the daughter and grand daughter were rather doing so.
The obvious advise to the youth not to disrespect the elderly because they felt they had come of age was not very new but how she went about it was creative.
It is not surprising that the song is still very good even in these times.
4. Odo Tie (Menni Obiaa):
Another of her songs on love, Awurama is seeking assurance from her lover that he will not betray her.
According to her, he is her one and only because she is not promiscous (doesn't want to share her love for many people) and must, therefore, not be treated badly.
Considering that she was 'broken hearted' in 'Medofo adaadaa me', it was only prudent that she acted more carefully in subsequent relationships and it could not have been any better than this.
5. Obaatan Refre Ne Mma (Emelia):
Being a woman, a mother and grandmother for that matter, she was definitely going to do songs in that direction.
The song depicts a mother who has returned from a journey and is calling her children to come for their gifts.
It is believed that the scenario painted by Awurama in this song was similar to what was happening in real life whenever she returned from a journey to meet her children.
The names she called out in the song are all said to be those of her children and other children from her family.
With such a list of hit tracks, there is no doubt that Awurama Badu has contributed enough to Ghana's music industry and will go home on February 17 as a legend, with or without, a state burial.
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