Hammah arrested at ages 14, 15; thanks music for saving his life

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Many would ordinarily thank God for changing their lives and whilst

Hammah of the Last Two fame believes in the power of God to change

lives, he owes music, a debt of gratitude forchanging his story from a

real"brat" of a boy to arguably the bestmusic producer of his time.

Edward Opoku better known as Hammah was arrested at age 14 for over

using a rented car; arrested again at age 15 for being a member of

clique whose leader stole a whopping $13,000 from hisparents and had

done several other bad boy stuff until music came into his life and

changed him.

In a riveting story, Hammah told Joy FM's Lexis Bill on Personality

Profile programe show Thursday that the $13,000 was blown in two weeks

at the Golden Tulip hotel lining up women and having the worst of


He had been car-chased by his ownfather throughout East Legon whenthe

police were tracking him for allegedly stealing a vehicle.He did not

steal it.

He rented it but instead of returning it in a day he kept it for two

weeks 'showing off' to the beautiful girls at the Cape Coast Schools.

He was only a teen.Hammah was the third of six children. He lacked

nothing and wanted nothing. He had the best of everything.

He was smart and learnt how to drive at age 12 and taught his mother

how to drive when he was only a teen.

He was a dancer too and that skill which he exhibited at Legon Presec

got him the name Hammahwhich has now become the biggest brand in music

production in Ghana.

He told Lexis without music he would have been a junk, in prison or

may have lost his life as some of his close friends have turned out to

be."Music changed me; I didn't do night life anymore. I retired into

the studio," he confessed.

Obrafour and the famous Five Hammah said his life changed in 1998 when

Obrafuor was introduced to him. He had no studio at the time. He made

his beats drumming on benches.

When he met Obrafour, the 'pae mu ka' hit maker rapped and he drummed

on a bench. That was how they started.

He said as an amateur who had no music production experience, no

studio, Obrafour, who was himself now coming out, risked his album by

having him produce it.

Both of them were skeptical aboutthe success of the album,

Hammahconfessed."It was different.

We didn't know Ghanaians would love it," he added and even had to fly

out of the country to pursue his education when he was done with the


When he heard the album had become the biggest thing in Ghana, he came

down, abandoned his education to hone a career he had begun.

That career had blossomed and that album without question has become

the greatest hiplife albumof all time.

Obrafuor who later called into the show said Hammah, "apart from God,"

was the biggest thing to have happened to him.

Hammah has produced several musicians but named Obrafuor, Sarkodie,

Tinny Kwao Kesse and Edem as the famous five.

Source: myjoyonline.com

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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