Since age, 1, Bice Osei Kuffour has been very adventurous, daring and untouchable. If you hit him with stick, run for your life because he would respond with a stone [Twi meaning for ‘Obour’].
And as if a character transplant, that was the exact lifestyle of his late grand dad, Nana Kwesi [O]Buor; hence Bice’s showbiz name. “They say I did most of the things my grand dad did”, says Obour.
He was born at ‘Braha Bebu Me’ (Dekyemenso) in the Ashanti Region on November 7, 1981 to Christiana Addo and reverend B.O Kuffour. Of his seven sibblings, all his sisters and even his mother sung in the church.
At six, he played most of the drums especially the Atumpan in the Juaso-Ashanti Akyem chief’s palace where his father used to preside over before accepting Christ. According to him, that inspired him a lot, lyrically.
Right from his basic education days at the State Experimental School (Kumasi) through to the Soul Clinic School (Accra), Garrisson Junior Secondary School (Burma Camp) and Mfantsipim School, Obour never joked with his studies.
As the first hip-life artist to reach his level at university, smart-headed Obour combine his tertiary education with music very effectively. Several situations tempted him to choose between education and music. “But nothing detered me since I knew I was doing execellently well at both. I just schedule my time properly”.
Moreover, any time he had to subtitute a few lectures for major concert or international shows, he always made special arrangement with TAs (Teaching Assistants) to help him catch up.
Just after his secondary school, Obour solicited help from his London-based cousin, J. Amano. important person in his music career, hooked him up to his personal Soul Records label.
‘Atentenben’ won three awards for Soul Records at the Ghana Music Awards in 2002; including Video of the year. That contributed to Soul Records winning the Record Label of the Year. Same video won the Best at Our Music Awards (OMA) in 2002.
His second album was fueled by the track ‘Nana Obour’, which was earlier on featured on Soul Records’ ‘Adakamo’ compilation album. The album was titled “Dondo” and featured such classic tunes as ‘Mesoodae’ and ‘Palm Wine’. ‘Nana Obour’ won the Best Video at both Ghana Music Awards and Ghana Music Awards UK in 2003.
Now that he has decided to do both schooling and business, he is concentrating on other ventures. He just opened a Pub in Osu known as Scores Sports Pub. His Music Production outfit, Adwinfi and Family Tree Entertainment label are doing great.
Very soon, he will start a clothing line to be known as Adwinsfi Gear. Obour’s ‘Obour-For-the-Girl-Child’ charitable campaign seeks to support the under privileged girl child both financially and morally to take up education as her priority.
Edited by Harri-Georgeson on 11 Apr 2008, 08:11
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