Michael Elliot Kwabena Okyere Darko popularly known as Obrafour, told the media recently his style of music, and everything that embodies his musical persona were derived from Highlife.
While interacting in an interview, the Highlife rapper who is considered the greatest Ghanaian rapper of all time cited the likes of Nana Ampadu, Adofo, and the Ramblers as his musical influences and how they set him on the path of greatness.
“Growing up, I remember my dad used to have a pile of records of Highlife albums and will play it every Sunday from morning to evening”.Obrafour
The rap executioner said that he used to listen to the likes of Ramblers, Nana Ampadu, Adofo, and other great Highlife musicians and that gave him a lot of ideas and deep in-depth knowledge of music.
“My compositions and my delivery are all a result of the good Highlife music I had the privilege to listen to when I was young. The storytelling in my music is from Highlife music. When I started my music career with sound engineer Hammer, I was doing Highlife but Hammer advised that I do rap”.Obrafour
He explained that he is a better rapper because of the influence of the Highlife he listened to over a long period of time.
“In fact, the likes of Adofo, CK Mann, Ramblers, and Nana Ampadu shaped my Hiplife career because these musicians played a major role in my music. The proverbs, adjectives, and wise sayings are things I picked from Highlife that guided me to do better music. I have benefited a lot from Highlife music”.Obrafour
The veteran lyrist also revealed how Ghanaians accepted him wholeheartedly when he potted his composition with proverbs and solidity.
“When Ghanaians bought into my rap, it gave me the zeal to do more and now every song I do is motivated by Highlife and I have no regrets about spending a lot of time paying attention to all these great musicians in the past”.Obrafour
Obrafour unveiled as ambassador of “Kwahu State Book”
Obrafour has been unveiled as the brand ambassador of the Kwahu State Book, a project that aims to document the history of the people of the Kwahu state.
A joint press release issued by the Ghana State Book Project, the Kwahu Traditional Council, the Daasebre Development Advisory Board, the National Commission on Culture, the Bureau of Ghana Languages, and the Kwahu Golden Members said Obrafour has been entrusted with the task of reflecting the authentic history and culture of the people of Kwahu.
He is to aid in securing the indigenous culture and traditions for subsequent generations.
Speaking to the hiplife legend after the unveiling, the celebrated musician assured stakeholders of ensuring and projecting an enviable brand of the project.
He further promised to garner scores of people across Ghana and the diaspora to appreciate the history and culture of the Kwahu state.
The three-thousand-page book has been officially launched under the distinguished sponsorship of His Royal Majesty Daasebre Akuamoah Agyapong II at the Mpraeso Social Centre of the Eastern Region of Ghana.