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The Ogyatanaa or Burning Fire Show Band was one of the highlife groups who performed in Ghana during the 1970s. The band was formed in 1971 by diplomat-turned-composer, musical arranger, organist, vocalist and record producer Kwadwo Donkoh (a former member of the Uhuru Dance Band), with guitarist and bandleader Nana Ofori-Atta (AKA Ahomansia Wura) and other members who later left the group. From what we can gather, their two albums were called African Fire and Obra Mu Asem. If you have any more information about them we'd love to hear it.

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Alan Humm
Alan Humm
Aug 14, 2020

Fantastic. Thanks, Peter.

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peter
Aug 14, 2020

OK, Al, you know this is catnip for me ....


The song was only ever available on a 4-track promo EP – it was never officially released.


It was written by Kwadwo Donkoh (also transcribed as Donkor). Kwadwo went to the same high school as Kofi Annan and was in fact Kofi's House Prefect.


Vocals by Tawiah Randy. Guitar by Nana Ofori. Not much more known about Tawiah other than that he was a member of the Ogyatanaa Show Band. Nana, however, played with some of the biggest names in Ghanaian music including K. Frimpong, Pat Thomas, Joe Mensah and A.B. Crentsil.

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