This is a collection of lyrics to various songs and poems by the author. Pictures were downloaded from various websites of the said artistes and especially www.bbc.co.uk. and www.bbcworld.com. The pictorial aspect accompanying the poetry is merely a facilitator to encourage young people to read the poetry and educate them about that era in the music industry. The pictures chosen by the author are purely on sentimental grounds. Needless to say if all the pictures of famous musicians were to be included, the book would constitute over five volumes with more than eight thousand famous names and faces. Although music has gone through various flavours of change, the dynamics and the fundamentals remain the same. Music and poetry are still therapeutic elements in our troubled world.
ROBERT BANNERMAN was born at 12 noon on the 8th of December 1952 in Accra, Ghana. Robert Bannerman's father, the late Dr. Robert Henry Obuabasa Bannerman (dob 15/7/1920) was the first African Gynaecologist in Sub-Saharan Africa, first African to attain the MRCOG, acquisition of the specialist qualification of Member of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1955 (Great Britain); again the first African to attain the distinction of FRCOG in 1965 (Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology). Dr. Bannerman joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1967 and served as a high-ranking official until retirement in 1980.
Robert’s primary and secondary education was in England and Switzerland with the completion of his academic laurels in Computer Science in Geneva.
Although a cosmopolitan who worked at the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Robert preferred to play Rock’n Roll at night clubs and concert venues. This was most unbecoming of an African academic, who was privileged to taste the best of European academic institutions and then feign interest.
The spirit driving his musical ambition was so great that in 1982 and 1983, he undertook two projects with the sons of the late Alistair Maclean.
Both Michael and Ali Maclean were enthused with the knowledge and experience of this young African with a strong penchant for Jimi Hendrix, and a great command of English and French literature.
After releasing two singles, Robert returned to his homeland Ghana, in 1983.
With the advent of the internet, he undertook his latest project FUNKMATA and hosted it on the net. Most of the poetry in this collection constitute the lyrics of the first FUNKMATA album, Simple Stuff (www.funkmata.biz) email: Robert@funkmata.biz and the 2nd album titled TRANCELATION yet to be released.
Robert is married with three children and is a business consultant in Accra.