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Onipa Nua

b. Amada Jebre, c.1945, Ghana. ‘Hausa’ vocalist Nua learned to try out the kalimba, or Ghanaian thumb piano, as a kid, after getting blind at age two. His moves over the African continent brought him his stage name, translating as ‘The People’s Sibling’, while in Kumasi. He ultimately resolved in Accra in the middle-60s. There he worked well as a road musician, occasionally showing up at social features, where his three-octave vocal range demonstrated adaptable to numerous tempos and designs. In 1980 he was found out by promoter Faisal Helwani, who consequently placed his profession on a specialist footing. Nua’s 1st European overall performance in Paris, France, arrived in 1990, though his just releases up to now have already been on cassette, and specifically for the home market.

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