- Former president Rawlings has stated that Ghana has lost a jewel
- He tweeted this message with respect to the passing of Jewel Ackah
- The late musician passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018
Former President Jerry John Rawlings, has paid a tribute to the late musician, Jewel Ackah, who passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018.
The late veteran musician is reported to have suffered a stroke, as well as other sicknesses for about a decade, and finally gave up a ghost on Friday evening.
In a tweet, the former president noted that the musician played a significant role in the popularity of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), through his music.
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“You made a significant contribution to the Ghanaian music industry,” the former president and founder of the NDC said.
He went on to say that “your danceable tunes are immortalised in the NDC, helping to catapult its name across the country.
Ghana has indeed lost a jewel. Fare thee well Jewel Ackah. Sincere sympathies to the family.”
Jewel Ackah was one of the many musicians who popularized highlife music in the 1980’s and 199’0s. After years in the highlife scene, he became a Christian and shifted to gospel music in the late 1990’s.
He is credited with the composition of the NDC’s anthem which is considered as a symbol of the party’s unity.
He was also instrumental in the composition of other songs for the party especially in the run-up to elections. Some of his songs were ‘Asomdwoe Hene,’ ‘Jesus’, ‘Manye Yie,’ among others.
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