By Nathan Plageman
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Indiana University Press

ISBN 978-0-253-00729-2

336 Pages

PURL 4.2. "Ghana Freedom Highlife." Source: E. T. Mensah and the Tempos Dance Band.

Media reference: pg. 159

About this recording

When originally composed, this song paid reverence to not only to Kwame Nkrumah, but to many of the other prominent politicians, including J. B. Danquah and K. A. Busia, who had contributed to the achievement of Ghana’s liberation. Shortly after independence, however, Mensah received word that Nkrumah was upset about the inclusion of Danquah and Busia, whom the Prime Minister upheld as CPP detractors. Eventually, the song was rerecorded so that mention of them was completed omitted. For Mensah’s recollection of the official controversy surrounding the song, see John Collins, E. T. Mensah: King of Highlife (Accra: Anansesem, 1996), 21-23.