Nii was born into a large family of a Great Ga Chief, --Nii Okai Koi I of Accra, Ghana. Nii was very much loved by his paternal uncles, two of whom were great musicians. Kofi Ghanaba (aka Guy Warren) of Great Osibisa Fame, he introduced Nii to percussion at an early age. At the same time, a second uncle named Osabutey was playing with a Nigerian musician, founder, creator, and King of Afro-Beat -- Fela Ransome Kuti. Nii’s musical horizon became brightened when through his uncle he met with Fela who was on a musical tour at Accra, Ghana. The King of Afro-Beat instantly realized the musical potential of his new little friend, Nii. He immediately began to give him lessons in guitar and encouraging him to play music.
Joining his maternal family later on in Kumasi, a cradle of Ghanaian Folk Music, Nii had an opportunity to attend the guitar classes of a Great Folk Musician -- Koo Nimo. Also, other important musicians influencing Nii’s love for traditional Highlife music include Nana Ampadu and the Wolomei Folk Musical Group.
At college, Nii studied music. Also, he worked with some professional groups through studio presentations, as well as playing live outside campus. Such groups included the C. K. Mann’s Carosel 7 at Takoradi, and The Classic Handles of Accra.
On his own, Nii specializes in Highlife Music. Somewhere along his musical career, Nii has realized that the advent of Hip-life Music is leading to the traditional Highlife losing its counseling, encouraging, consoling, pain-soothing, love-expressing, and other didactic attributes of its lyrics. He therefore, decided to revive this old tradition, and where possible, translate his lyrics into languages that will bring understanding to his international listeners.
Nii has done a lot in Highlife Music. He has performed on the same international stages, and at the same festivals -- from Africa through Europe and North America -- just as some other well-known musicians of this age. In fact, Nii’s stage performances at the Balattou, and also, the Festival Nuits D’Afrique here in Montreal, for instance, are a must see. Thus, anyone who has witnessed his material has encouraged him to have it recorded.
So far, Nii has already recorded ten albums. He released two albums, titled, "Highlife Time" and “Happy Mother’s Day”, four years and two ago respectively. Today, he is in the process of releasing a third one namely, “Draw Closer to Me”. With these, Nii hopes to bring Traditional Highlife Music back into the main stream, as well as maintain the patronage it has enjoyed everywhere.
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