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DIGITAL MUSIC RECORDINGS IN GHANA. PAYING TRIBUTE TO SOME PACESETTERS. 1980- 2000. By Fred Kyei Mensah

Ghana as a country, has benefited from digital music recordings due to some renown music producers, sound engineers and musicians.
My recollection of digital recordings, dates back to the early days of the burger hilife in 1984,where technology was improving with the introduction of the DX7’S, Atari computers, drum machines, semi digital mixers,etc.
Some names can never be forgotten. Most of the digital recordings then, were done in the UK, Canada, Germany and the USA. In the UK, the late Jon K and his group, were in charge. In Germany, Charles Amoah, Nana Fredua and Bodo Staiger were also at the helm of affairs.
Later on between 1987 to 1990,Charles Amoah, Nat Fredua, Nana Boamah(Arc Studio),Nana Abbeam Danso, Kojo Antwi and others brought Atari computers to start the digital music revolution in Ghana.
Before then, our master drummer, Orignal K. K. Kabobo,was the main focal point when it came to drum programming in Ghana. I salute senior! Guys like the late Kwasi Yobo,late Kwaku Boateng, Sammy Nukpese, late Willie Roi, Sami Helwani, Joseph Sam(Sarge) Zapp Mallet, Ohene Dokyi(shegelege)late Dompreh, George Abban, Ben Bani, late KK Dua, Kwadwo Akwaboa, Jon Dee, Kofi Essel, Ebenezer Agykum and yours truly, Fredyma cannot be forgotten.
Mr Kwaakye and his group were also having good time with Charles Wilson, Samson Quainoo, Larkai, Emmanuel Adjetey, Azonko Simpi,Torsu Tse, Bilson, Hector de Graft Johnson, Kofi Andoh at the then Ghana films, the present day, TV3.
Bobby Ayisi,late Foster, Nana Nkrumah, Zola, Trickie Joe , Charlie Sam(Takoradi), Akwasi Butah(Quantum Leap), Danny Abab , late Kroppa Akuffo, Nana Gazor,late Fiifi Bezalel, have all played their part.
Combined House of Music(CHM),Arc Studios, Roots Anabo, Kampsite Studios, Sid Studios, Ghana Films, Kay’s Frequency, Nana Kings studios, Slim Buster, Danoli studios,D sharp studios,Elephant Walk and Fredyma studios, were/are a force to reckon with.
Let’s also recognize the likes of legendary, Kwame Yeboah, Jeff Quaye , Appietus Appiah Dankwah , Benjamin Dadzie, Bishop Mantey, Samuel Sackey, late George Forest, Bombialic(Sarpong)Kumasi, Martinokeys Mawutor
Part 2 will deal with the likes from the year 2000 to the present. You can add your input if some names were missing from my list.
Ghana, yɛ wo adze oye!

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