Highlife great Nana Tuffour has died.
A source close to the 66-year-old confirmed his passing to Andy Dosty, host of Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM, Monday.
He died at home in the early hours of Monday after a short illness and his body has been deposited at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Mortuary.
Perhaps James Nana Tuffour’s birth on Valentine’s Day in 1954 was his secret rise to stardom.
Popularly known as 99 24 the renowned highlife singer/songwriter rose to fame in an era when intelligence scored substantially more points than good looks.
The ‘Abeiku’ hitmaker spent his childhood in Kumasi.
Growing up, he was surrounded by resourceful relatives which gave him the opportunity to enjoy music from all around the world while at home.
In no time he was envisioning a solo album, a reason for which he sojourned in Nigeria.
In Nigeria, he began working with legendary Nigerian musician King Sunny Ade as his keyboardist.
In 1979 he released his first album Highlife Romance followed by many other hit albums.
A countless number of Nana Tuffour’s songs were recorded at Bodo Staiger’s Rheinklang studio in Duesseldorf, where also many other highlife stars from Ghana had produced their hits.