March 13, 2015

King Kwabina Onyina – Tekrema Mmporo
Philips / Phonogram 1982

King Kwabina Onyina, front

King Kwabina Onyina is back at the GG, we had one of his
albums in the past. The highlife he brings is so very relaxed,
delightful laid back sound. I can’t really tell you a lot about
him. The post we had has a link to more info, go check.
For now, sit back and listen to King Kwabina Onyina..


01 – Dabi na meka m’asem
02 – Obi de aba
03 – Agona dwuma ho ye fe
04 – Me mere beba
05 – Afenhyia pa aba
06 – Medofo pa nante yie
07 – Taxi driver
08 – Efie mu asem
09 – Onipa ho asem
10 – Me beyee denwo wiase
11 – Dabi wo bekae me


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  1. Kwabena Boakye 13 March 2015 at 19:57 - Reply

    Thank you Moos … A lot of highlife artistes were born on a Tuesday … Alex Kwabena Konadu, Master Bob Kwabena Akwaboa, King Kwabena Onyina … And of course, me … Maybe I should start a band … In my next life maybe … Cheers

    • Moos 13 March 2015 at 22:31 - Reply

      Haha, good idea Tuesday, I didn’t even know..
      anyway, thank you too Kwabena !

  2. Thomas 14 March 2015 at 01:36 - Reply

    Hello Moos!
    You may remember, I once asked for comments of Tuesday Boakye. To add the weekday of birth to the name is common (Kwame Nkrumah = Saturday Nkrumah / Kofi Anan = Friday Anan). However if you will visit Ghana you must expect to be called Akwasi Brunie whatsoever your name is.
    This record was made in the autumn of King Onyina’s career, he was very popular in the late 50s, the 60s and te early 70s.
    To post this record was a good choice because it is an example of Highlife-development towards incorporation of traditional rhythms.
    Listen to “Original Evergreen Tunes Vol. 1” on this blog and “Akwantu Mu Nsem” still availabe on Osibisaba first, many tracks of both records were made in the late 50s.
    You will listen to a kind of Guitar-Highlife dominated by “swinging” western rhythms and especially jazz chords.
    Listen to “Tekrema Mmporo” now and you’ll recognize that nearly all western elements have become removed and were replaced by traditional tones.
    I hope not to have wasted your time.

    Greetings / Thomas

    • Moos 14 March 2015 at 11:15 - Reply

      waisting my time..?
      I’m very grateful for your comments,
      it gives us the type of info I can’t come up with,
      cheers Thomas

    • Kwabena Boakye 14 March 2015 at 14:54 - Reply

      True … Most of our tribes name their children to reflect the day they were born … At least it could be part of the full name or may just be a tittle that a person may not use officially… And yes in Ghana, we call all whites “Akwasi or Kwasi” meaning Sunday borns … Am yet to know why … Even a lot of animals have their “surnames” aside what we already call them & african brothers band have a song about that … I think the track is tittled “article 247” or so … We have a very interesting culture & I always learn something new from these old songs U post … I remember the nice culture of Netherlands too, the wooden shoes, the windmills, the bicycles etc … The beauty of different people in different places just like on this blog… People from different locations with a common interest … Music

  3. glinka21 14 March 2015 at 04:34 - Reply

    Thank you, Moos!

  4. esibo 14 March 2015 at 05:40 - Reply

    I have been searching for an Onyina vinyl I can afford and it has been fruitless. Thanks. I will change my strategy and get mp3 or lossless formats. I will maintain my sanity and still have some oldie Highlife music to listen to.

    I still say you are unbelievable, the kinds of stuff you put out on your blog. I am still trying to get a hang of Colombian music. I will get it soon.
    Once again, Thank you.

    • Kwabena Boakye 14 March 2015 at 15:15 - Reply

      I have also settled for the digital formats as well even though I have records … At least they don’t lose the sound quality no matter how many times you play them on your iPod … I would rather Save the vinyl … It feels like an endangered species

  5. Kwame Bediako 15 March 2015 at 17:54 - Reply

    My grandfather and his age group called Hitler Kwaku (Wednesday). Presumably, the day that one is born carries God’s own peculiar endowment to that day’s children. Wednesday males supposedly bring hardship and sometimes extreme misery to others.
    Kwasi (Sunday) kids are supposed to be builders/creative/imaginative. May be Moos is a Kwasi :)

    • Moos 15 March 2015 at 22:19 - Reply

      haha, nice suggestion Kwame, I was born on a thursday however..

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