Speaking to Delores Frimpong Manso on The Delay show, legendary 20th century Ghanaian highlife hit maker, Rex Owusu Marfo popularly known as Rex Omar has admitted to singing about profanity/fornication when the host asked whether he remembers that people speculated that he enjoyed singing about profanity.
In explaining why he chose to tow that lane, Rex Omar recalled that after his former music group “Nakorex” split, he made an album of very good, sensible and meaningful songs which he promoted, but the public was unresponsive to them. He got back to Ghana from England and noticed that Gyedu Blay Ambuley’s “Radomzo” was a hit.
After realising what Ghanaians were interested in, he took a queue from Gyedu Blay, called his wife and told her that he was going to write a song about her so she would have to put her prudish ways aside. He then went on to write “Konka”, “Abiba” and some other songs.
Rex Omar first rose to prominence with his “Aware Pa” album in 1989 and has since taken the Ghana Music Industry by storm. He was also a member of “Nakorex”, a group that is remembered for its many hits, especially “Kpanlogo yede papa”
According to Rex, the group was started because at the time, they were three broke musicians (Amandzeba, Akosua Adjapong and Rex) when fellow musician Nat (Amandzeba Nat Brew) suggested that each of the three submit two songs. Soon after, they met one Mr. Kwakye of Ghana Films and the group immediately became a hit.