HIGHLIFE LEGEND KOJO DONKOH MOVES ON
Veteran music producer Kojo Donkoh has died at the age of 81 after a short illness. He is survived by a wife Mrs. Victoria Donkoh and five children. He will be laid to rest on Saturday June 4 at the Gethsemane Memorial Cemetery at Shiashie, East Legon after final funeral rites at the Ridge Church. A thanksgiving service will be held on Sunday June 5 at the Ridge Church.
Kojo Donkoh is one of the unsung music industry heroes of our time. An avid producer, he produced Time for Highlife which became a virtual highlife anthem and went on to produce the seminal Wulomei albums Walatu Walasa and Mibe Shi Din in 1975 and 1978 in addition to Dzadzeloi’s epic album Napoliata which had hits like “Two Paddy Follow One Girl” in 1978. He also recorded the highlife classic Yefrefre which was the trademark song of the Ogyantana Show Band which he founded in 1971. The group also featured the golden voice of Africa Pat Thomas on songs like Mmbrowa and Yaa Amponsah.
As a producer, composer and arranger, Kojo Donkoh worked with the likes of Ray Ellis, Pat Thomas, Ebo Taylor and the Uhuru Dance Band in addition to recording many choirs and brass bands.
Prior to his entry into the music industry as a producer, composer, arranger and a keyboardist Kojo Donkoh had been a diplomat. He was also a member of the erstwhile Ghana Union of Producers working with labels like Essiebons and his own Agoro records.
According to MUSIGA 1st Vice President and Ghamro board member Bessa Simons, Kojo Donkoh was a virtuoso keyboardist who had a unique style that was hard to imitate. The late octogenarian was still working on music productions till his death and was in the process of recording a collection of hymns with Bessa Simons. In addition to the various highlife recordings Kojo Donkoh produced, he also recorded numerous Presbyterian hymns.