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40-day Observance for Music Legend George Darko Set for May 1

The family of the late king of Burger Highlife, George Darko, has set May 1 for a 40-day observance at Salem Park in Akropong Akuapem. The ceremony will commence at 8 am.

The musician, who held the title of Tufuhene of Akropong Akuapem with stool name Nana Apem Darko, passed away on March 20. Reports said he had been sick for a while. He died at the age of 71.

Darko was known for his skills as a guitarist, vocalist, composer, and songwriter.

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He achieved enormous success in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s and his songs continue to rank among the most classic and timeless highlife compositions in Ghanaian music history.

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Reviewing Ghana’s Burger Highlife genre, the Guardian wrote that Darko’s “single Akoo Te Brofo – a buoyant funk-lite banger full of wild sax, synth-bass, and the kind of disco kick-and-snare you’d expect to hear at New York’s Paradise Garage nightclub – is often considered the genesis of burger highlife.”

Some of his popular songs include ‘Moni Palava’, ‘Prempremsiwaa,’  ‘Akoo Te Brofo,’ among others, all in the late 90s.

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