Amu, Ephraim

1899-1995 Presbyterian

Ephraim Amu was a Ghanaian composer, musicologist, and teacher.

He was born at Peki-Avetile (also called Abenase) in the Peki Traditional Area of the Volta Region on a Wednesday and therefore received the name Kwaku. His parents were Stephen Amuyaa and Sarah Akoram Ama. He learned to play the organ during his training as a teacher and graduated as a teacher-catechist in 1919.

Amu popularized the use of the atenteben, a traditional Ghanaian bamboo flute. His compositions include “Fare thee well”, “Mawɔ dɔ na Yesu”, “Nkwagye Dwom”, “Onipa da wo ho so”, “Yaanom Abibirimma”, “Yen Ara Asase Ni”, and “Mia denyigba lɔ̃lɔ̃ la.” “Yen Ara Asase Ni” was adopted as a patriotic song often performed at national functions.

He preached in his African attire, to the displeasure of church authorities. He promoted African culture in the church in many other ways as well to make the worship service more meaningful to Africans and to encourage them to be proud of their African clothing, language, music, and names.


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