The legendary Yaw Sarpong has divulged that he birthed his sensational music group, Asamofo when he travelled to Liberia to seek for greener pastures.
Narrating the story, Yaw Sarpong told Agyemang Prempeh on the Legends show that after abandoning music bands he headed back home in Ghana, he was working in the West African country when the idea came to form his own band.
“I left Christo Asafo to Ahenesa to do my own songs from there I moved again to Accra this time around as a Taxi driver for about three years. During that time I decided to travel. I went to Liberia. In Liberia I formed the Asomafo Band.
“I brought together some Fante men, people from Freetown, Sierra Leone and Liberia,” he said on TV XYZ.
Asomafo, literally translates Messengers.
To this day, Yaw Sarpong said, those he started the group with are, “in Takoradi Police” and they “see themselves as pioneers of the group.”
Yaw Sarpong and the Asamafo are known in the country for their countless great songs and his personal contribution to so many gospel hit songs now.
They’ve graced a lot of local and international stages with their performances and received several local and international nominations and awards.
Yaw Sarpong and the Asomafo has a new song with Sarkodie titled ‘Ahobrase3′ which literally means Humility
He walked Legends host Agyemang Prempeh who goes by the moniker Agyengo through the several music groups he joined before the formation of his Asomafo Band.
“My first composition was in 1976 ‘Meti Nkese Ohene Bidi Yesu’. I was under Professor Kofi Abraham so he sang that song I wrote it for him. I released my debut album in 1981. The sound engineer called it ‘Peace Prophet’ I settled singers randomly from bands. My wife with whom I had four children with was part. She was also a singer. Adwoa Pernaman.
“I followed Professor Kofi Abraham. He had a nephew who wanted to be a musician but they discovered my talent that most of Abraham’s songs I wrote them. So, he joined a group called ‘Ahenesa Gospel’ and testified about me to the owner of group that if they want the group to flourish Abraham has a lad they should bring him on board. He’s called Yaw Sarpong. The man recruited me.
“That was where [Wofa] Asomani was. He was their leader when I joined them,” he disclosed.
He added that, “Before I joined Ahenesa Gospel I had recorded some songs. I tried to do my songs but I picked people from different places. From Abraham’s group I didn’t join Ahenesa. Christo Asafo poached me to Accra New Town. I taught them music. I worshipped with them for a long period of time.”
By: Bernard Ralph Adams/Mypowerfmonline.com/Ghana