Legendary Highlife musician Charles Kwadwo Fosu popularly known as Daddy Lumba is celebrating his 56th birthday.
The music star who was born on September 29 is being celebrated by many in Ghana and across the world.
‘Die Hard Fans of Daddy Lumba’ started the party in the studios of Hitz FM where they cut a cake on the special day.
The group also intends to embark on a number of community projects to honour the singer’s legacy.
Daddy Lumba was born in a village called Nsuta Amangoase in the Sekyere Central District, near Mampong in Ashanti Region.
His father, Owoahene Kwadwo Fosu, a teacher, died when Daddy Lumba was only a child.
His mother, Comfort Gyamfi, popularly known as Ama Saah, was also a teacher.
She died in 2001 in Kumasi. Her death was a devastating blow to Lumba as she was literally everything to him.
Many of Daddy Lumba’s songs, including ‘Anidasoɔ Wɔhɔ Ma Obiara’, ‘Ohia Asɛm’, Ɛmmere Pa Bɛba’, ‘Agya Bi Wua Agya Bi Tease’ were dedicated to her.
Daddy Lumba’s music career started at the age of 16. He was the leader of Juaben Senior High School choir from 1983 to 1984 academic yea.
In Juaben SHS, Lumba formed the Lumba Brothers group with his friends Yaw and Kwabena and girlfriend, Theresa Abebrese.
After school, with the help of his girlfriend Theresa, Lumba traveled to Germany to seek greener pastures.[when?]
In Germany, he met Ernest Nana Acheampong. Nana had already formed a group called talking dreams with a white man.
The only thing Lumba knew at the time was gospel music, and he has credited Nana Acheampong for introducing him to highlife music.
They formed another group called Lumba Brothers, the same name as his first group when he was in Juaben SHS.
The pair planned releasing an album in 1986 but due to financial constrains, the album was released in 1989 with the help of Lumba’s wife, Akosua Serwaa, who produced the album. The title of the album is Yɛɛyɛ Aka Akwantuo Mu.
Daddy Lumba has about 40 albums and they include critically acclaimed ones like Aben Wɔha, Awosuɔ, Obi Ate Me So Buɔ, Sika Asɛm and Ebi Se Ɛyɛ Aduro.