My name by birth is Bawa Abudu. The name "John" was given to me at the mission school. I was born in Tamale in the northern part of Ghana and I belong to the "Busanga" tribal group. My late father, Haltilaw Abudu the Third, was once the chief of our tribal group and a direct descendant of our royal family... I got my musical talents from my late mother who was the traditional singer of our tribe. She had an important role. She sang to praise our men while they worked on the land, when children were born, at harvest time and on important events and ceremonies of our people. I grew up with this experience by following her to these events and gradually learned to play our native instruments as well.

My first contact with the "guitar" was once when a white lady teacher came to our school. I loved her guitar very much and immediately offered to take her on a motorbike in order to show her some of the unknown "exotic" sides of Africa. In return she taught me how to play the guitar. Now on, I was able to play the guitar and express the feelings of my people, soon it brought me onto the "spot light" within my people... On my arrival in Germany in 1980, I got my first ever electric guitar. I then started writing traditional songs and playing with several bands till I found my own band.

In 1993, I recorded my first album "bisa na baki" which was released on Ghana Television. Two tracks of the album became hit tunes on radio and TV. In Ghana and surrounding countries, this brought me officially on the Ghanaian music scene for the first time... During my numerous concerts with my band in Muensterland, I had the opportunity of meeting Mr. Achim Goetz my current producer, who discovered the "potentiality" in my songs and gave me a chance to work with him. As holly result, two albums were produced including "modern Africa". The album received very good media coverage both in Africa and in Muenster Westf. area. Again in Ghana, It got "massive air plays" especially in the north where songs landed as household songs and on radio charts too …

Further on in Muensterland, it caught the attention of the people and media... Few months back, the German TV televised a brief documentary on ZDF, ARD, and WDR about our music and ist root …

My songs are centralised in the "HAUSA" language of west Africa. It is except as the second largest spoken language in Africa, for "Kiswahili" It is my aim to seek to create a basis of understanding between the white man's music and ours, by integrating both music. I sing about hunger, poverty, history and love. Often, I sing to praise African women for their role in our society and to bring happiness to people in general …