CONGRATULATIONS FELIX FOR 27 YEARS IN HI-LIFE MUSIC

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Congratulations Felix for 27 years in hi-life music

Happy 27th Anniversary to Felix Owusu Wednesday, March, 16, 2011 marked 27 years since hi-life super star Felix Owusu emerged on the Ghanain scene as a hi-life musician.

He may look young and cute but the man with the golden voice has survived the test of time and in my opinion, carved a nitche for himself as a great ambassador of authentic music of Ghanaian origin.From a humble beginning in the Twin City of Sekondi Takoradi, Felix Owusu has gone through several experiences and has succeeded in churning out nine great albums.

His career began with a band in Takoradi called Osabarima, playing alongside guys like Kofi Hanson and Shasaha Marley of Maata fame. Even as a little boy he started writing songs for the group but he was never given the chance to sing until he subjected himself to training.

During these periods, Felix was packing instruments and serving as an errant boy for the group until he finally had his chance to sing. He then moved to Alor band where he had more opportunities to sing. From there, his next stop would at a military band also in Takoradi called Mag 2 where they travelled around the length and breadth of the country playing live band music and entertaining the good people of Ghana.

At the time, Felix Owusu was singing more reggae music, doing his own renditions of songs from guys such as Jimmy Cliff, culture, Jonny Nash, Burning Spears, among others.“I was singing reggae like nobody’s business. I even thought I was going to be a reggae singer” He said. According to the gentle and down to earth musician, his desire to sing hi-life was birthed when he started listening to the legendary Pat Thomas.

Having been inspired by the man affectionately referred to as “the Golden voice of Africa, Felix Owusu developed an unrelenting zeal for Ghanaian music. He listened intently to several hi-life tunes from C.K Mann, Jewell Ackah and several of the giants from the western region, some of whom he later had the opportunity to work with.He then moved from Mag 2 band and joined Sappers International band in Accra, playing alongside such guys like Collins Wood, Tommy Sly, among others. He also had a stint with the Western Diamonds band in Takoradi before eventually going solo.In 1992, Felix Owusu met Daddy Lumba at the Labadi Beach hotel.

After a short interaction, the two recorded Felix’s first album entitled Vida. From there, he recorded Mensu, E-show me, Forever love, Bra and Waben. Felix believes E-show me remains his biggest album yet. It carries the very popular Okwantuni and other hit songs. It features Paulina Oduro.

That particular album was recorded in London. Felix Owusu returned to Ghana, last year after over a decade in the USA. He’s currently promoting his latest album: Sika Ye, which has such hit tracks as Come Try Me, Odo Ye De, You See Me featuring Castro, a remix of Waben featuring US-based Kwame Dollar and Kay Rocks among others. Felix started as a highlife musician and obviously, he is sticking to that genre, “that is my style,

I have always been a highlife artiste and will continue to be one,” he said. The hi-life industry is a very tough terrain. In spite of all the frustrations he went through, if Felix Owusu has survived 27 years as an ambassador of Music of Ghanaian Origin, I guess it’s just appropriate for all of us to celebrate him and hand him a tap on the shoulder: Ayeeko.

Congratulations and keep it up my brother FROM SAMMY OSEI

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