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Guy Warren (born Kofi Ghanaba, 1923 in Acra) was a Ghanaian musician, best known as the inventer of Afro-jazz and a member of The Tempos. He began his professional career as a drummer in the [[Acro Rhythmic Orchestra before working with Kwame Nkrumah, a Ghanaian nationalist. He spent time in London, Liberia and Chicago, working in jazz but achieving little success, though he did work with such stars as Thelonius Monk and Charlie Parker. He was eventually hired by Decca, a record label trying to cash in on the exotica craze, but did not find an audience. In 1965, he returned to Ghana, studying Buddhism and teaching music to a few visitors.


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Kofi "Guy Warren" Ghanaba (616 words)
Guy Warren was one of the first "New Percussionists" that I have come across in my research.
Warren played drumset in 1937 in the Accra Rhythmic Orchestra and then played drumset and sang with E. Mensah and His Tempos Band in 1947 (and also Kenny Graham's Afro-Cubists in UK 1948).
Warren was a big fan of American jazz and eventually made his way to England and finally the USA in 1955.
Movie Spoiler for the film - ABOUT SCHMIDT (1704 words)
The next scene, Warren is driving at night in the rain with his wife Helen to a steakhouse where his retirement party is being held.
Warren asks Janice to stay longer, implying that he'd like for her to take care him, but Janice is adamant about getting back to Denver to plan the wedding.
Warren is upset that Janice still wants to go through with it; he thinks she should postpone because of Helen's death, but Janice insists her mother would want her to get married.
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