Onipa Nua

b. Amada Jebre, c.1945, Ghana. ‘Hausa’ singer Nua learned to play the kalimba, or Ghanaian thumb piano, as a child, after becoming blind at the age of two. His travels across the African continent…
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b. Amada Jebre, c.1945, Ghana. ‘Hausa’ singer Nua learned to play the kalimba, or Ghanaian thumb piano, as a child, after becoming blind at the age of two. His travels across the African continent brought him his stage name, translating as ‘The People’s Brother’, while in Kumasi. He eventually settled in Accra in the mid-60s. There he worked as a street musician, occasionally appearing at social functions, where his three-octave vocal range proved adaptable to many tempos and styles. In 1980 he was discovered by promoter Faisal Helwani, who subsequently placed his career on a professional footing. Nua’s first European performance in Paris, France, came in 1990, though his only releases so far have been on cassette, and exclusively for the domestic market.