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 one (1) of the series of articles.
Read the full part below:
There is an ongoing debate about music producers,programmers, technical producers, instrumentalists, sound engineers etc about who is the best. Very interesting.
It all started yesterday after the JQ and Appietus Appiah Dankwah battle on the social media which was very unique to entertain fans in this lockdown era.
I am not on Instagram and Twitter so, didn’t follow the trends but, i am proud that these two guys are talented ones that i discovered, trained and brought them to the field of music production, technical production and basic sound recordings and engineering.
The two knew how to play keyboards and other instruments before coming to me so, i didn’t teach them how to play keyboards.
Let’s learn something here.
Prior to the discovery of using PC’S to program music, most of the recordings were done with real time(analogue)recording equipment like mixers,recorders and tapes. Music was recorded directly on to tapes on multi tracks starting from 4,8,16 and 24 track.
Most of the recording engineers in those times were very good technically without some of them necessarily knowing how to play any instrument. It was the introduction of modern day keyboards such as the DX7’s and MIDI in 1983,that most instrumentalists especially keyboardist,started incorporating their skills into recordings and mixing.
One of the few people who got accustomed to technology in music production and exporting some here started from 1989 when Atari Computer had been introduced. Here, i must acknowledge the following people who started the use of Atari in Ghana. Nat Fredua,Charles Amoah, late Jon K,Nana Boamah of Ark Studios, the late Kwasi Yobo,Sami Helwani,Kojo Antwi,Bobby Ayisi, late Nana Danso Abbeam,Zapp Mallett, George Abban,late Willy Roy etc.. Yours truly started using it in 1990.
Wasum ay3 wo d3. Send me Vodafone data to continue the story. Stay tuned.