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Koo Nimo



Célèbre musicien ghanéen. Il est aussi acteur.
Koo Nimo (né Kwabena Boa-Amponsem le 03 Octobre 1934, baptisé Daniel Amponsah est un des musiciens populaires majeurs de la musique dite de Vin de Palme (ou Highlife), au Ghana.


Koo Nimo (born Kwabena Boa-Amponsem on 3 October 1934, baptized Daniel Amponsah is a leading folk musician of Palm wine music or Highlife music from Ghana.

Born in the village of Foase, in the Atwima District of the Ashanti Region in Ghana, West Africa, he worked in various jobs in science and medical-related field while maintaining his interest in music. In 1957, when the former British colony of the Gold Coast became the independent country of Ghana, Koo Nimo first received national acclaim through the formation of the Addadam Agofomma ensemble. Many of his songs tell traditional stories and are sung in the language Twi. Along with one or two guitars and vocals, the traditional Ashanti palmwine ensemble consists of traditional instruments of West Africa, including the apentemma and the donno, the frikyiwa (metal castanet), the prempensua (rhumba box), the ntorwa (hollow gourd rattle with beads or seeds woven around it on a net), and the nnawuta (consisting of two iron bells that provide the key rhythmic pattern) or dawuro (banana-shaped bell).

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World-renowned Palm Wine musician, guitarist Daniel Amponsah, best known by his stage name Koo Nimo (pronounced « Ko Neemo ») is often referred to as the « National Treasure » of Ghana. Thought of as a « living legend » by many Ghanaians, Koo Nimo’s music has been a very relevant source of musical inspiration and continues to be after 40 years of performance. He was president of the Ghana Musicians Union for 10 years, received the Grand Metal for Lifetime Service to Ghana from the head of state and received the Konkoma Award for being one of the originators and main contributors to Ghanaian Highlife music. Koo’s contributions and efforts to preserve Ghanaian culture with his traditional Palm Wine guitar music, sung mostly in the Twi language makes him truly one of Ghana’s most celebrated members who has helped to shape what Ghanaian music and culture is today.