Highlife dynamo Ben Brako will on the 19th May 2012 celebrate his 60th birthday at the International Conference Centre in Accra. Lots of activities have been earmark to celebrate the life of one of the Highlife greats in Ghana.
The celebration is expected to attract crème de la crème of the major players in the entertainment fraternity as well as bring together fellow Highlife musicians.
Other legendary Highlife musicians expected to grace the event includes Amakye Dede, Pat Thomas, Bessa Simons, Dr. Paa Bobo, Paulina Oduro, Nana Ampadu and AB Crenstil.
New crops of young musicians have also been confirmed for the special birthday celebration. They include African Dancehall artiste Samini, silky voice Kwabena Kwabena and gospel musician Ohema Mercy. The rest include Ewe rapper Edem and Habiba formerly known as Mimi Divalish.
The four day event starts with a seminar on the 17th May at the Silverbird Cinema. Ben Brako would be expected to tell participants how life has treated him from the very day he started doing music. He would also share his experiences in life and challenges as a Highlife musician. One thing on the agenda is to chit-chat and offer advice to young and hopeful musicians.
On the second day of the celebration which is 18th May, Ben Brako would have a special Dinner With Friends, Industry Players, Sponsors and Corporate Executives at the plush Holiday Inn Hotel in Accra. The dinner would be graced by musicians.
19th May is the event itself at the Conference Centre. Several musicians will make staggering performances on the night as a special birthday present. To climax the celebrations, proceeds from the show will be donated to an orphanage home.
Born 20th May in 1952 with a musician career spanning over 20 years, Ben Brako has established himself as one of the serious musician ever to be born in Ghana. At a young age in 1960, Ben had a special interest in entertainment as he started to perform at St. John’s Preparatory and Primary School.
Even though he had strong penchant for music and entertainment, Ben still believed and had it at the back of his mind that education is paramount, so he took education serious as well as nurse his dreams of becoming a top Highlife musician.
He released his first album ‘Baya’ in 1978 and won The Leisure Foundation Album of The Year 1987, and Musician of the year 1987, and also received Gold status in 1988. The release of his second album ‘Everybody’ in 1989 coincided with his ECRAG Mahogany award for consistency in life Highlife music.
The rest they say is history. Ben holds a BA (HONS) in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ghana, Legon (1975) and BA (HONS) Media Communication Studies from East London University (1994).
Ben Brako has toured and performed in many cities worldwide including London, Nottingham, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Toronto, New York, Washington DC, Connecticut, Malmo, to mention a few. He has played and recorded with many of the top Ghanaian and African musicians,
Ben Brako is currently under the management of NMJ ENETERTAINMENT