Special Mentions and the growth of the Northern part of Ghana’s music under Fredyma!
Some people are born with silver spoons in their mouths whiles others can’t even think of spatula(Bankuta)being their portion. Such is life.
I cannot celebrate my 30 years of establishing the studio without giving credit to some people both present and dead.
The first is my mother in law, the late Comfort Bampoe who gave me a place to live and work,and also to build my own house and the Bampoe family in Osu and Akropong Akwapim,
Francis Nettey and his colleague Ossom Martey who handled the maintenance of the studio equipment with their technical brains with support from Nana Blankson, Emma Collins who did most of the vocal performances on my jingles Belinda Gyampa who believed so much in my brand that she made me record two albums for her, Elivava Mensah a serious studio back up vocalist and later a big diva in the music industry,Daa Efua Dokenu,Nana Agyei (Papyanga)my studio assistant, Dr Abbeam Danso of the famous Abbeam University who will get up sweep,clean and mop the studio floor before sessions begin. No wonder he is a millionaire now. He was a dedicated musician. Thanks to Bishop Mantey for bringing Dr Abbeam Ampomah Danso to Fredyma. Joel Maclawson was also part. Very respectful and a talented instrumentalist. Philip Acquah,as a student was doing “shabo with Okyerema Konto at Fredyma. Martinokeys Mawutor,a student then at Accra Academy will run to the studio on weekend nights to study. How time flies.
How can I thank my Living Bread guys, Rev EB,Jose Addo,Derrick, Moses Ampofo, Obed O. Otoo,Walter Moon who did the electrical wiring at Fredyma Studios, Jay Q, Agyingo Studioz,Rev Yaw Owusu Ansah of Adom fm,Ebenezer Agykum(Canada )Suzzy and Matt.
The ultimate mention goes to my wife,Mrs Emma Kyei Mensah,my children, Nana Osei Kyei Mensah,Papa Asabere Kyei Mensah and Nana Darko Kyei Mensah. Others would be mentioned in due course.
Northern music production became a prominent feature. I recorded almost about 300 musicians within the Kokomba and the Nanumba enclave. Some notable members were,Moses Nambon,Moses TK, Jagri Jones,late Simple George etc etc.
Then came the musicians from Tamale and beyond. Sheriff Ghale, Black Rasta, Kawawa Stone, Big Adams,George Cliff, Lil Malik, Abada,Abonkele,Big Timber, Sirina Issah, Sherifah Gunu GH,Wiyaala the famous musician, King Ayisoba,Atongo Simba,you name them!Uncountable!
In 2001 when the Yaa Naa,the Paramount Chief of Yendi was killed, most of the musicians from the north did a Peace song “Nhyanbayini” produced by Fredyma Studios and sponsored ny Metro TV. It brought relative peace to the place. Continue to enjoy the series. From the subsequent parts I will deal with my encounter with the late Kiki Gyan of the Osibisa group ,the ten track album I recorded for him together with my versatile engineer,Charles Robert Quaye and Emma Collins on back up vocals, the formation of the minor rhythms band, my involvement in the setting of the +233 Jazz and Grill bar in Accra and when things fell apart to the present.
Life is likened to the Sugar Cane.
Sweet, bitter and sour at times. Hmmmm. The picture is yours truly and one of Nigerians screen goddess in the studios of Peace fm in 2010.