Ghanaian highlife musician Amakye Dede has paid tribute to his longtime friend Nana Tuffour who died Monday dawn in Kumasi, stating his demise will leave an irreplaceable gap in the music industry.

Amakye Dede, who has known Nana Tuffour for more than two decades, said the late highlife musician was very influential in Ghana music.

The 66-year-old Nana Tuffour died Monday dawn in his home after a short illness. His body has since been deposited at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi.

Reacting to the death of the ‘Abeiku’ hit singer, Amakye Dede revealed to Miriam Osei Agyemang on Urban Blend on 3FM that the last time he met Nana Tuffour was December last year.

“Nana Tuffour was such a great nice guy. Among the musicians Nana Tuffour was so nice I was so close to him.”

“I have known Nana Tuffour for more than 25 years to 30 years,” he said, indicating that he was always in touch.

“Through…I got to know one engineer in Germany called Bodo Staiger. It was Nana Tuffour who recorded there first before he told me that the guy was good…,” Amakye Dede recounted.

He also reminisced that “I’ve been also playing with him on the same stage. We performed together both here and abroad.”

Asked about how Nana Tuffour’s death will impact the music industry, the veteran musician said “His absence will bring much gap in our music business because Nana is very influential in the music scene…”

“All [that] I can say is that may the good God receive him in a good faith and I know by all means…he is going to just find a place for all of us we will meet again,” he concluded.

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