Modern Music Production in Ghana: Discovery of Talents (Part 4) – Fredyma Writes

Renowned Ghanaian music producer and sound engineer Mr. Fred Kyei Mensah, popularly known as Fredyma, chronicles the development of music production in Ghana.

This is what he writes in the part four (4) of the series of articles.

Read the full part below:

Thanks so much for the feedback. I hope i am sharing with you the little that i remember. You can help the discourse by contributing and reminding me of some talents i might have forgotten. As for the book we shall write after the coronavirus so, make your contributions ready. Lol

The 90’s saw the emergence of great computer programmers like, David Kwamena Bolton who established D’Kay B studios with his able lieutenant Phelps Robertson(Fiifi)at the industrial area. They churned out a number of hits.

Prior to that, we had Zayaa sounds who had also established a studio around the Obetsebi Lamptey Circle with the likes of Ahuma Bosco Ocansey,Shegelege,etc. at the helm of affairs.

How can one forget Opara Mensah, the blind prolific sound engineer who produced a lot of hits for the late Rev Osei Bonsu,Mark Anim Yirenkyi etc. Nana Gazor was also a force to reckon with not forgetting, Cage studios. Kwaku Sarpong of Kumasi(Bombialic studios)was also churning out great recordings. There was a studio too at Ash Town and Krofrom in Kumasi that had the likes of Daddy Sam controlling affairs. Charlie Sam was also in Takoradi dishing out great gospel recordings with Amy Newman.

One day, i was in my studio when my senior colleague, Joseph Kojo Sam Sarge, a great sound engineer and bassist who had recorded with great artiste in Nigeria walked into my studio with my brother Ebenezer Agykum(Tuga)now in Canada. Guess whom they came to the studio with. Our own Dr Osei Kwame Despite,then a young producer. We kept wake and at point, he slept somewhere on the floor. Later in life, he established two studios, one in Kumasi and one at Mile 7 that is the old Peace fm site. Akom ko!

Some of the few artiste who took advantage of the new digital recordings were Josh Laryea,who released an album in 1991 and the launching done at the campus of Accra Academy. Zapp Mallet recorded it at Sid studios. During the launching, i played the keyboards. Memories.

There were also great programmers like, Hector De Graft Johnson, a great keyboardist and a former student of Adisadel College who also worked with me. In fact he made me understand Atari Computer programming better. Kofi Essel, Abi Emma,late Fiifi Bezalel, Fred van Dyck,Captain Boge, Kafui Dey,(who did the keyboard works on Shasha Marley’s “Maata album”) which coincidentally was produced from Fredyma studios, Eric Bobo, late Lord Pinto of the Musama church and the Fish band etc.

I quite remember, Rev Addae Mensah produced a lot of songs which was done at the Citirock studios at Osu and engineered by Sami Helwani. I remember Sami Helwani and i pouring from Atari to Apple one night in that studio. Oh the land that time forgets. Sami later, established his own studios at Nungua.

In part 5, i will deal with the legendary Kwame Yeboah,Nana King,D’Hammer of the last 2,Morris Baby Face,JQ,Appietus, Shadrach Yawson and a host of others who established studios from the late 90′ to the 2000’s.

See you next time when i get the energy to write. My foodstuffs are running out.





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