Tuesday, 21 August 2012

meiway to honour abrantie amakye dede

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amakye dede

Legendary Ghanaian highlife musician, Daniel Amakye Dede has been chosen as the celebrant of the 2012 ‘Legends & Legacy Ball’ slated for September 15, at the Accra International Conference Centre.

The concert would see several Ghanaian musicians and Ivorian superstar Freddy Meiway perform several of Amakye Dede’s hit songs from a career that has spanned across four decades and spawned 28 albums.

This was made known at a press launch held at the Erata Hotel in Accra and was attended by Mike Gizo,
former Minister of State, satirist KSM, ACP Kofi Boakye, Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) President, Bice Osei Kuffour, Tic Tac, Daasebre Gwamena, Steve Bedi, Charles Amoah, Kwabena Kwabena, Ben Brako and others.

Legends and Legacy Ball, which sought to celebrate the musical achievements and legacies of legends would see musicians such as Samini, Okyeame Kwame, Becca, Eazzy, Kwabena Kwabena, Daasebre Gwamena and sexaphonist, Steve Bedi perform songs by Amakye Dede.

The last performance of the night would be by the legend himself, who would perform a couple of his songs.

Amakye Dede promised patrons of an exciting show on September 15.

The maiden edition of the Legends and Legacy Ball, which celebrated Daddy Lumba, was largely hailed for bringing together the two former Presidents of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kuffour.

Amakye Dede began his musical journey in 1973, when he joined Royals Kumapim owned by Akwasi Ampofo Agyei of blessed memory live band, as a composer and a vocalist.

He travelled to Nigeria to seek greener pastures and was blessed with the hit song ‘Jealousy Go Shame’.

Amakye later formed his own live band, Apollo High Kings in 1980 and has since conquered the genre with over 20 albums.

Unlike Daddy Lumba who was celebrated, Amakye currently dominated the highlife music in Ghana with staggering stage craft.

His energy on stage has earned him as one of the greatest performers of our time.

For most Ghanaians, celebrating his achievements in the music fraternity has been long overdue.


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