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Ghanaba and Max Roach
Exploring the relationship between the two outstanding drummers:
Ghanaba and Max Roach met in 1956 at the Bee Hive Club in Chicago. Ghanaba and max were in the same deep groove,
they were pals because they shared common interest for the Drums.
At the beginning of the friendship, Max had this attitude that he was the king and therefore he wouldn’t welcome anybody
who could dethrone him…but soon after, Max started to respect Ghanaba because he came to realise that, there was no
competition and that, Ghanaba wasn’t interested in his “Throne”.
Both drummers eventually
became “best friends for life”
New York City, 1960
“…The last time I saw Max, he came to my home as I was packing to leave for Ghana, and he himself was going to tour
Europe. I still have some pictures of that memorable night when Willy Jones and Max Roach visited me. It was taken by a
friend who happened to be present. I treasure this photo. It shows the three of us grouped around tightly, with Max holding a
water pistol, which I had been using, to squirt water on him and Willy periodically, during that night. It’s just one of my funny
ways. In this photo, I am pointing to the gun, and saying with a great big laugh, “This is what we will use to kill the Greys who
oppress us so much”. Max and Willy are shown beaming widely in mock approval! It was a memorable night for me, because
that was the night I knew
I had arrived in the eyes of Max Roach, my friend and musician…”
New York City, USA 1960:
The Final Reunion
This is the last photo they took together in 1998 in New York City. This was Ghanaba’s final visit to the United States.
SANKOFA (go back and claim your roots)
Repatriation, Reparation and Resettlement!!!!
“The pain which we suffered during the slave trade cannot be compensated monetarily or in kind. If anything it could be compensated in kind. I wouldn’t like anyone to give me an x amount of dollars and say, well, there you are, forget about what I did to you. I took you to America and now I’m giving you x amount of dollars and forget about the whole thing. Well, that’s trite. I wouldn’t accept that. On the other hand, if he’s going to help me to develop my community and build roads and hospitals, schools, and science centres and help me develop my country, I’d prefer that, so that’s my kind of reparation, but otherwise hard cash reparation doesn’t fall with me. When they talk of reparation they think in terms of hard cash.
It was the first “White Press”
to be launched in the Gold Coast. Ghanaba and the Tempos performed on
Philip Comi Gbeho (Jan 14 1904-Sept
24th 1976) was an accomplished Ghanaian indigenous musician, a composer,
and a Music teacher.
A true Ghanaian Prince of the Royal House of Akim Abuakwa: He was among the first batch of students at Achimota School. He eventually became the first ever school prefect of Achimota…his batch of students went on to form the nucleus of the University of Ghana.
Nana William Ofori Atta: (10 October 1910 – 14 July 1988) is best known for his active participation in the People's Movement for Freedom and Justice in the Gold Coast.. he was a founding member of the UGCC, and was one of “The Big Six” detained by the British colonial government.
“My third House Master was
William Ofori Atta, a very swinging, easy-going teacher, loved by all
students. One night he surprised ME and the entire AGGREY HOUSE by using
the entire night at a Common Room meeting, to talk about “this Guy
Warren who is a genius and whose ways must be forgiven when we do not
understand them…”I have never forgotten THAT night. Good old
Willie so believed in me that he did an unheard of THING… He gave
me, a Junior Student, MY OWN PRIVATE ROOM, WHERE I COULD PLAY MY MUSIC,
ANYTIME I WAS FREE…”