M.anifest the prolific lyricist famed for songs as “Suffer,” “god MC,” and “Simple Love,” eulogizes one of the biggest influences of his art: his grandfather, the renowned Ghanaian composer and musicologist, Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia, who passed March 13 at the Legon Hospital in Accra.
The rapper took to social media to reiterate what an “overwhelming legacy” the late professor leaves behind, citing his magnanimity as his “greatest composition.”
“Your humanity was your greatest composition,” posted M.anifest Thursday morning, accompanying it with footage of Prof. Nketsia reciting rhymes he composed as a university student in London circa 1940. A highly impressed M.anifest is seen nodding to the striking punchlines, and applauding excitedly by the end of the freestyle.
A regular presence in M.anifest’s music career, Prof. Nketsia was seen at a number of M.anifests shows, and in January 2017, discussed the coming-of-age of Ghanaian music with his grandson for the BBC. M.anifest also credits Prof. Nketsia for vetting most of his projects before they are eventually published.
Professor Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia, 95, is widely acclaimed to be perhaps the most widely published author on African music, and therefore its “best-known authority.”Among his musical compositions are Adanse Kronkron, Morbid Asem, Monna N’Ase, Monkafo No, Yaanom Montie, Mekae Na Woantie, Maforo Pata Hunu, Obarima Nifahene, Asuo Meresen, Builsa Work Song (1960), Dagarti Work Song (1961), At the Cross Roads (1961), Owora (1961), Volta Fantasy (1961), Contemplation (1961).