“Ako te Brofo” Crooner Dead

Veteran Ghanaian highlife musician, George Darko has passed away.

Known as the King of Burger Highlife, news about his demise circulated on March 20, 2024, with the circumstances surrounding his death still yet to be unravelled.

The “Ako te brofo” composer was 73 years old.

Touted as the king of burger highlife, George Darko was an amazing guitarist and vocalist who brought a contemporary sensitivity to highlife music from the early 1980s. As a youngster, he learned traditional dancing and drumming.

A teacher who built his own guitar inspired Darko to switch to the stringed instrument. Despite continuing to be exposed to traditional music, Darko was enchanted by the music of The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix.

He recorded and released his first solo cassette, ‘The Reborn Avengers’ which was renowned for his unique guitar beats.

He settled in Germany, where he helped to form the Bus Stop Band. By their third album, he became the group’s lead vocalist. When the band disbanded in 1988, he continued to perform as a soloist.

His ‘Akoo te Brofo’ single remains a masterpiece and he is currently featured on the ‘Kings of Highlife’ compilation album.

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