How The Story Began!
Born in 1947 in Sekondi in Western Ghana, singer, songwriter, producer, interpreter, multi-instrumentalist, inventor of rap music and “afrofunk-legend” Nana Gyedu-Blay Ambolley made his name the Simigwa Do Man, when he unleashed his unique brand of Simigwa music on an eager yet unsuspecting world in the 70’s with the release of this, his Simigwa Do, fusing high-life and funk music…
Meet Gyedu-Blay Ambolley
Lifetime Achievement Award
Who was his role model?
Ambolley’s performance career is extensive and impressive. He has toured throughout West Afrika, Europe, Canada, and the United States.
He has performed on stage with some of the worlds most celebrated african and international artists, such as Miriam Makeba of South Afrika, the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti of Nigeria, the late George Howard, Angela Bofill, Norman Connors, Manu DeBango, Lakeside, Chikuzan Takahashi of Japan, Ricardo Estrada of Cuba, Mayuto Correa of Brazil and toured Ghana with Oscar Brashear and Michael Session.
Because of his originality, his performances have left audiences raving and shouting for more, as was the case at the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.
Ambolley has played the House of Blues in Hollywood, was a frequent performer at the Jazz Bakery in California and has played to “standing room only” crowds in London, England.
Returning to Ghana in 1997, Ambolley was honored with a standing ovation from the former President of Ghana, John Jerry Rawlings and the first lady at Ghana’s Music Awards Nite.