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19.04.2011 Highlife News

Pat Thomas and Friends to rock @ George Darko’s album Launch

By OBED BOAFO
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A mix up of old and fairly-young highlife musicians including PAT THOMAS, AB CRENSTLE, BESSA SIMMONS, KWABENA KWABENA, KWAME ZAGGY, EFYA, and new sensation SOGO, will on the 29th of April, perform alongside King of Burger Highlife George Darko, when he celebrates his 60th birthday and also launch his “Luck Star” album.

The Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra will be the centre of attraction as the over dozen artistes show up in solidarity with one of their very own.

The album launch, which falls on the date George will be celebrating his 60th birthday, according to his handlers Mirror Image Promotions, is expected to live up to the pre-event hype.

The King of Burger highlife will perform some of his favourite old songs as well as a selection of tracks off the “Lucky Star” album, which is currently receiving heavy rotations on urban radio. Mirror Image Promotions, are optimistic that his album launch will pass the test and also prove why he is undoubtedly one of the finest musicians Ghana has ever produced.

George's Manager Kaicy Boakye Yiadom said: “the 29th of April will present us with yet another opportunity to treat the highlife loving community to good highlife songs. George is well prepared for this show and he has promised to deliver to the satisfaction of all”.

Born 1951 in Akropong, in the Eastern Region, George Darko is credited for introducing the Burger-highlife in the 1980s with his first hit "Ako ti brofo".

He was educated at the Presbyterian School at Akropong. After playing for an army band in the Middle East, Darko returned to Ghana and formed the Golden Stool Band. In the late 1970s the band moved to Germany, where he went solo and formed the Bus Stop band in 1982.

He returned to Akropong in 1988, where he was made Tufuhene of Akropong-Akuapim in 1991 with the stool name, Nana Yaw Ampem Darko and has since been, combining his musical career with chieftaincy.

The JAZZ KINGS Band will back George Darko on stage.

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