Entertainment of Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Ghanaian gospel musician Philipa Baafi has described sound engineer George Forest as an extraordinary human being who never joked with his work.
The multiple award-winning Ghanaian sound engineer known for producing most of the biggest Gospel songs in Ghana reportedly died Wednesday morning.
He took ill and admitted at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi on August 30, 2016 but died in the wee hours of August 31, 2016.
Speaking exclusively to 3news.com an emotional Philipa Baafi described the late George Forest as a sound engineer with a difference.
“George was an extraordinary human, a sound engineer with a difference.
“He is a very serious man with his work and very private and he called his studio ‘Forest’ because when it was time to work, it was just you and him and nobody else”.
According to Philipa, George always wanted the local African element in his music so he gave every song he worked on the highlife rhythm because he never preferred the foreign rhythm in songs he produced.
“He was very particular about the beats to his song that he produced, so what he usually does was to listen to song and tuned to suit the highlife rhythm which I found very fascinating.
“George would always make sure you prayed over every production you bring to him because he believed prayer was a very key element in how far your music can make an impact.
“I will surely miss him and will never forget the man George Forest”.
The popular Kumasi-based sound engineer owns a band called the Adepa Band. He also worked on songs by seasoned musicians such as Nana Acheampong, Obaapa Christy, Philipa Baafi, Gifty Osei, Doris Gyamo among other renowned musicians.
George Forest aside his contribution to Gospel music is also credited with a number of hits including Nana Acheampong`s “Anka Ebeye Den Na Aye Wo Ya”. He has also produced several hits for Gospel musician Cecilia Marfo.