Prior to the establishment of modern studios in Ghana, there existed other studios. Notable amongst them were the Ghana Films Industry Corporation, now TV3, Elephant Walk at the North Kaneshie, now the Lighthouse headquarters, Bokoor studios at Ofankor,owned by Professor Collins, Faisal Helwani studios at Osu, Ambassador Records in Kumasi was phasing out, Sid Studios, owned by Alhaji Sidiku Buari at Dzorwulu,Overdrive studios at Kotobabi owned by Casely Hayford and managed by Sami Helwani then and few others i may not be able to readily recollect.
The sound and technical engineers manning those facilities were good. Leading the pack were Francis Kwakye(snr), Mr Brown, Mr Andoh, Samson Quainoo, Charles Wilson, Emmanuel Adjetey, Sami Helwani,Kwasi Yobo, Joseph Kojo Sam(Sarge) etc.
Then came Nana Boamah,Arc studios at Tema,who brought modern equipment. Some of the notable people who played a part were Ben Bani, Zapp Mallet, George Abban, Dickson, Kwadwo Akwaboa,late Willy Roy etc. People from all over the country especially Kumasi, made good use of that studio.
In Kumasi, Nana Aboagye Da Costa had established one at Bohyen and it was being manned by Dompreh, a good sound engineer with Ohene Dokyi(Shegelege).
Fredyma studios had also been established, Kay’s Frequency by the late K K Dua, a former student of Mfanstipim School with the likes of Fafa Blagogee,formerly of Achimota School, Gabby Adjetey,son of Peter Ala Adjetey, Speaker of Parliament in Kufuor’s government.
Then came 1993,when the most modern state of the art digital equipment studio, Combine House of Music(CHM) was established by Danny Blue, whose father owned Combine Farms, a multi million dollar pineapple exporting business. The engineers who manned this facility were Sami Helwani and Zapp Mallet with the late Kroppa Akuffo, the first Ghanaian bassist to introduce slap bass tone as a guest programmer. Nii Ayite Hammond,formerly of Charter House was part of the management and a Graphic designer, Cox Tamakloe, Amef, K O,Mr Nsiah as the manager and Zola as the assistant to Zapp.One of the first production that came out was “Mesi wo ohemaa” by Ekow Ziggy Micah which was a hit.
Other studios too were established like Slim Buster’s studio, Town House, K Gyasi(Kumasi)etc
Some of the artistes who used modern day programming were the Sibo brothers, Tagoe Sisters, Daughters of Glorious Jesus, Mary Ghansah,CST Amankwah, Stella Seal(Dugan)Amy Newman, Kaakyire Kwame Appiah and countless musicians.
Awwww, i am tired. Need some breakfast. You feel ticklish? Send your “lockdown collection”. Lol
Will continue with how Despite and other music producers came to the scene and the discovery of Kwame Yeboah. Stay tuned