Bessa Simons

Bessa Simons

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Bessa Simons is a forty year industry veteran who has played with all the big names in Ghana. He was a member of the Osibisa group during his stay in London and still works with the group on shows, coordinating the musical performances during Teddy Osei’s 80th birthday celebrations.

Bessa is also a celebrated producer having worked with leading musicians like the Tagoe Sisters, Pat Thomas, Papa Yankson among others. Bessa also doubles as the 1st Vice President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) and a member of the Ghamro Board of Directors.

The “Going Global With Your Music: The Osibisa Experience” is under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts and supported by the Ghana Culture Forum and the Legon Highlife Ensemble of the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana and the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA).

Bessa Simons was born into a family of musicians with his father being a Choir Master, Organist and Music Teacher. Whilst at Aggrey Boarding school, Cape Coast, Bessa played in the school Band.

As a youngster, Bessa led The Pelikans Dance Band band of Cape Coast and won first prize at the Big Band competition held in Accra by the Ghanaian Arts council.

He attended National Academy of Music in Winneba and also successfully completed a Diploma Course at the School of Audio Engineering in London.

Bessa is a prolific song writer, keyboardist and singer who have worked with some of the greatest names in West African Music such as Pat Thomas, Papa Yankson, Kari Bannerman, Osibisa, C.K. Mann, Ebo Taylor and Multi-talented Afro-pop musician Gyedu Blay Ambolley.

Currently working on his new album and also serving as the 2nd vice president of MUSIGA, Bessa has five albums to his name; including “Sii Nana” released in 1990, Accra junction” released in 1993, Life Album” recorded in 1997, “Bessa Si Bessa” which was a dance album and “Akwaaba” which was freed after his sightsee with Osibisa.

Bessa is assisted by a team including film maker George Bosompim, Eric Sunu Doe of the S.P.A and Ahuma Bosco Ocansey of MUSIGA.

Information by the Ghanaian journalist (29 September 2011): Nana A. Agyei-tripple

Ghana's ace highlife musician Bessa Simons has finally come to settled after a long stay out side the country. Bessa, whose is known to a great keyboardist in Osibisa said” it is obliging to pass on knowledge to up and coming musicians about acquiring much both in and out of the country.

The former student of Aggrey Memorial Senior High School in an interview with THE MOMENT said “After a long stay in euro, I think it is now time to give back to the society as a citizen of this country”.

According to him, the wealthiest man is one with an affirmative psyche towards this country – he added.

Being a leader of Dutch Band with my entire “Glory Band” equipment left the country after having some problems with “3rd Eye Band”.

I did stay in U.K where there was copious band. In 1985, I toured with Osibisa's Mosore in some part of the world. We also toured with Alexander O'Neal and sky band.

Continuing, from “Accra Junction” (Band) where I did compose and write my own songs. I met the late Mac Tontoh and Teddy Osei without rephrasing. We worked together as family from 1986b to 2000 with Osibisa.

From there, I formed “Bessa Band” and play all over the world. In a group, where part of coming from Osibisa formed a band in Canada called” The Native Spirit”.

Apart that, I have produced artist like Tagoe sisters, Yaw Sarpong, Felix Owusu, Pat Thomas, Papa Yankson and other as a music producer.
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Bessa Simons Discography Tracks

Vocals

CDBAR004 Baranta Chogwé Baranta - Spirit Of Music(CD, Album) Amazing World Music CDBAR004 UK, Europe & US 2006 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

EBLS 6195 C.K. Mann & The Masters* C.K. Mann & The Masters* - Womma Yengor(LP, Album) Essiebons EBLS 6195 Ghana 1979 Sell This Version
EBLS 6196 C.K. Mann & The Masters* C.K. Mann & The Masters* - Abotar Mu A(LP, Album) Essiebons EBLS 6196 Ghana 1981 Sell This Version
COLP 436 Miss Gloria Addison* Of Dutch Benglos Band* Miss Gloria Addison* Of Dutch Benglos Band* - Sweet Gloria(LP, Album) Coconut (3) COLP 436 Nigeria 1981 Sell This Version
3482 A-GH Pepper Onion Ginger Salt Pepper Onion Ginger Salt - Bubuashie(LP, Album) Not On Label 3482 A-GH Ghana 1985 Sell This Version
AKI-798 A.B. Crentsil A.B. Crentsil - Abrokyiri Abrabo(LP, Album) Afrikord Music Svc AKI-798 US 1986 Sell This Version
SRS 022 Gyedu-Blay Ambolley* Gyedu-Blay Ambolley* - Apple(LP, Album) Sunrise Records (9) SRS 022 UK 1986 Sell This Version
Native Spirit Native Spirit - Native Spirit (Album) Afronova Productions Canada 1987 Sell This Version
SLP 003 C.K. Mann C.K. Mann - Ghana Mba(LP, Album) Ghana Union London, Bonzark Records SLP 003 UK 1988 Sell This Version
KB 001 Kingbird Allstars Featuring C.K. Mann Kingbird Allstars Featuring C.K. Mann - Dancetime '88 - Hi-Life Salsa Volume 1(LP, Album) Kingbird Records KB 001 UK 1988 Sell This Version
WR 002 Elvis Donkor* Elvis Donkor* - Odo Lecture(LP, Album) Welds Records WR 002 UK 1992 Sell This Version
FMFV001/93 Francis Fuster Francis Fuster - Ninkiribi(LP, Album) Fab Records (5) FMFV001/93 UK 1993 Sell This Version
SRCD 001 Peejay Scott Peejay Scott - Coastal Vibe(CD) Spider Records Ltd. (2) SRCD 001 UK 1998 Sell This Version
AJ001/01 Akino Jay Akino Jay - Anwonwa Do(CD, Album) Akino Jay Productions AJ001/01 UK 2001 Sell This Version
CDBAR004 Baranta Chogwé Baranta - Spirit Of Music(CD, Album) Amazing World Music CDBAR004 UK, Europe & US 2006 Sell This Version
TEL 222 Angel Love (3) Angel Love (3) - Obaatan Pa(LP, Album) Tel Production TEL 222 UK Unknown Sell This Version
6818.748 Uncle Joe Afri Beat '86* Uncle Joe Afri Beat '86* - Do-De-Do(LP, Album) Sika Productions Inc. 6818.748 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
RSB 007 Prof. Kofi Abraham Prof. Kofi Abraham - Kyere Wotumi(LP) Rexaboat RSB 007 Ghana Unknown Sell This Version
none Yaw Sarpong, Asomafo Yaw Sarpong, Asomafo - Nkoranhye Nnwom(Cass, Album) Roots Music World none Ireland Unknown Sell This Version
HAMB 8801 Tagoe Sisters Tagoe Sisters - Nyame Ye Kese(LP, Album) Hambco Trading HAMB 8801 UK Unknown Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

EB 350 Western Melodic Singers Jesus Dzin Deedew (as W. Bessa-Simons) Western Melodic Singers - Hen Ndaamba Enyidar(7", Single, Mono) Essiebons, Dix (2) EB 350 Ghana 1973 Sell This Version
EBL 6137 Western Melodic Singers Jesus Dzin Tu Suro (as W. Bessa-Simons) Western Melodic Singers - Anwanwa Do(LP, Album) Essiebons EBL 6137 Ghana 1974 Sell This Version
COLP 436 Miss Gloria Addison* Of Dutch Benglos Band* Agyan Kaba Miss Gloria Addison* Of Dutch Benglos Band* - Sweet Gloria(LP, Album) Coconut (3) COLP 436 Nigeria 1981 Sell This Version
3482 A-GH Pepper Onion Ginger Salt Kormantse Na Abandze and 1 more… Pepper Onion Ginger Salt - Bubuashie(LP, Album) Not On Label 3482 A-GH Ghana 1985 Sell This Version
AJ001/01 Akino Jay Akino Jay - Anwonwa Do(CD, Album) Akino Jay Productions AJ001/01 UK 2001 Sell This Version