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Ambrose Adekoya Campbell

(1919-2006), Singer, guitarist, percussionist, composer and bandleader

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Born into a Christian family in Lagos, Nigeria, Ambrose sang in the church choir from an early age where his father was a Minister. Later, he began performing palm-wine music and was ostracized by his family. Sometime after leaving home, he met guitarist Brewster Hughes in Lagos and performed with him in the Jolly Boys Orchestra. Campbell first big break came when he performed at the VE Day celebrations in London's Piccadilly and Trafalgar square with his band in 1945. He formed West African Rhythm Brothers, Britain's first ever black band. During the 1950s he worked with British jazz musicians, and later toured and recorded with Leon Russell in the US, where he lived for thirty years.




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