Charles Kwadwo Fosu, known in music circles as Daddy Lumba is perhaps the only Ghanaian musician who has the highest number of ‘sing-alikes.’
After successfully etching his name in the annals of Ghanaian music as one of the best musicians, he has also impacted greatly on other musicians. Some of these musicians either through inspiration, admiration or copy-cat tendencies sound like him.
Daddy Lumba made an entry into the music industry in the early 1980s with ‘Yereye Aka Akwantuo Mu’ which he did with Nana Acheampong (they were then known as Lumba Brothers).
Since then, he has consistently released a lot of monster hit songs, thereby making him one of the most sought-after highlife musicians in Ghana.
Some musicians who sing like the ‘Aben Waha’ hit maker are Dada KD, Paapa Shee, Ofori Amponsah, Kofi Nti, Ama Ba, Richie Rich and Anokye Supremo (formerly DL Junior).
i. Dada KD
Born Dada Kwaku Duah, Dada KD is well known for his velvety voice and songs about love.
Some of his songs include ‘Ebeboawo,’ ‘Obiara Se Eye,’ ‘Somgye’ and ‘Mewura.’
He was adjudged Best Male Vocal Artist (Ghana Music Awards) in Britain in 2004 by Ghanaians resident in Britain.
Dada KD once worked with bands like RELATIVES in Germany, with Kojo Antwi’s Band, Tropical Vibes (Accra) and also with Amakye Dede’s band.
ii. Paapa Shee
Papa Shee (now a minister of the gospel) is well known for songs like ‘Koyoonsor,’ ‘Atadwe,’ ‘Yaa Asantewa,’ ‘Atepa,’ among others.
Previously known as the Wonder Boy, he used to perform at a lot of Ghanaian entertainment events in the United States of America when he was at his prime.
Paapa Shee was the first Ghanaian musician to release a DVD on the music scene.
Dancing since he was six years old, he became known early in his teenage years as a lead danger for many famous Ghanaian recording artists such as Dady Lumba and the late Mr.AAA (Akwasi Amphofo Adjei).
iii. Ofori Amponah
Ofori Amponsah is a highlife musician who took a foray into gospel music and ministry few years ago but returned when it occurred to him he had not really been called for God’s work.
He is a protégé of Daddy Lumba. He first got the exposure in the music industry when he was featured on Daddy Lumba’s album ‘Wo Ho Kyere.’
On the song, their voices sound too similar that one has to really strain to differentiate between which is Lumba’s and which is Ofori’s.
After releasing his own production ‘Asew’ under Owusek Productions in 2001, he became a household name.
He followed with albums like ‘Mepraw.’
In 2005, Amponsah released ‘Otoolege’ which had KK Fosu, Kofi Nti, and Barosky.
Mr. All for Real won big the next year at the Ghana Music Awards with seven awards. ‘Otoolege’ won him 2005 VGMA Artist of the Year.
In 2015 when he released ‘Alewa’ after making a u-turn from the word for the ‘world.’
Ofori Amponsah later admitted that starting the Family of Faith and Love Ministries was a miscalculated step.
iv. Kofi Nti
Kofi Nti is another artiste whose style of singing and vocal texture bears great resemblance to Daddy Lumba’s.
Born on the 25th January, 1980, Kofi Nti comes from Aburi in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
His ‘Rakia’ featured some of Ghana’s most renounced best artistes namely K.K Fosu, Ofori Amponsah, and Isaac Mensah Obeng (Barosky).
He also has songs like ‘Monica,’ ‘Atwetan,’ ‘Odo Nwom,’ and others.
v. Ama Ba
Amaba may not be as popular as the others but he also released a couple of highlife songs. In fact, until Anokye Supremo, most people considered his voice as the closest in similarity to Daddy Lumba’s.
He has not been visible in the music industry recently but he is known for songs like Nipa Nye Nyame.
On 20th October, 2016 George Kwabena Opoku (real name) ditched secular music for gospel with the launch of his album ‘My Soul’ which has tracks like ‘Nipa Nnye Nyame,’ ‘Onim Nea Oye’ and ‘Ebenezer.’
vi. Richie Rich
Richie Rich is well known for his feature on C-Zar’s ‘Mercy Loko’ and ‘Befe Ma No.’ He did the chorus on those songs.
He was inspired to do music when he started listening to Charles Kwadwo Fosu (Daddy Lumba) and Ofori Amponsah.
He got featured on some of Ofori Amponsah’s songs after he was introduced to him by C-Zar.
Richie has songs like ‘Nsroma,’ ‘Tasty’.
vii. Anokye Supremo
Undoubtedly, Emmanuel Kwame Anokye known showbiz as Anokye Supremo is the only artiste who does not sing just like Daddy Lumba, but also a spit image of the highlife legend.
He was discovered through a TV Africa-produced reality show, ‘Just Like You’ which took place in 2010.
Just Like You’ was a reality TV show which gave artistes the platform to mimic their favourite celebrities. Anokye Supremo imitated Daddy Lumba.
After the show, Anokye Supremo (DL Jnr.) who has similar looks as Daddy Lumba has been plying his trade as a musician.
On 17th January, 2018, Daddy Lumba filed a lawsuit at the Accra High Court alleging that Anokye had claimed to be his son and even impersonated him to get gifts from people.
He further alleged that Anokye had a history of impersonating him since his appearance on a
Even though the case is still pending in court, the Lumba look-alike changed his name from DL Junior to Anokye Supremo.
He has songs songs like ‘Befa Me,’ ‘Efri Nea Efire, ‘Krom Aye De’ and the latest ‘Hash Wuish.’
By: Kwame Dadzie/citinewsroom.com/Ghana