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 two (2) of the series of articles.
Read the full part below:
Wow! Thanks to all those who read the first episode of my series of music production in Ghana. Let me indulge you, get glued to your Facebook and let’s go!
In part one, i made mention of some people who were at the helm of affairs at the start of modern day recordings
Notable among the personalities were Sammy Nukpese of Roots Anabo studio at the Zongo Junction, Mataheko Accra, where a lot of computer music programming were done. I remember Aboagye Asiamah renting a keyboard from me which was used to program “abusua kyiri 3ka” by Samuel Owusu, the late Forster of Elephant Walk studios who was a great guitarist and a keyboardist.
One person who stole the show in programming was Orignal K. K. Kabobo. In the whole country, he was the only person who knew how to use a drum sampler to program drums. He was the hottest cake. Then came Kwaku Boateng an old student of Achimota school, who was a singer but became one of the known faces of Atari Computer programming through his mentor, late Kwasi Yobo.The softwares were notator and cubase.
We cannot forget the likes of Ohene Dokyi(Shegelege),Dompreh in Kumasi, Chief Kwame, Abi Mensah, Panji Anoff, Kwadwo Akwaboa,Trickie Joe,Ras Malenzie, TVO Lamptey,Odasani Offei,Edmund Kwafo Offei etc.
In 1990,an event was held at the Trade Fair Site named PAFAM 90. It was an exhibition of music technology and other essentials and a concert was staged where Jermaine Jackson was invited. He was a brother to the late Michael Jackson. Among the performers were, Kente band,Lokal Krysis, Amakye Dede and others.
In part 3 ,i will talk about the technical production, emergence of new studios, I have reserved great names like Mr Francis Kwaakye, Samson Quainoo, Wilson, Emmanuel Adjetey,Azonko Simpi, Lakai,De Graft,Torsu Tse,Bilson, Kofi Andoh,late Kroppa Akuffo,Zola,late K K Dua of Kay’s Frequency, CHM studios, etc.
If you want to know more, get me more data. Lol