Dan Amakye Dede as affectionately called, Abrantie Amakye Dede and “Iron Boy” by the public is one of Ghana’s first generation of high-life music legends in the Ghanaian music industry.
Amakye Dede started singing professionally in the year 1973 when he associated himself with a prominent singing band group in Ghana known as the Kumapim Royals.
He was the band’s composer as well as the vocalist. The band was headed by the legendary highlife singer, the late Akwasi Ampofo Agyei (AAA).
Whiles working with the Kumapim Royals, he supported the band and achieved hit songs like, Abebi Bewua Eso, Wanware Me A, Odo Mani Agyina and the seminal Ohohoo Batani.
Following his first hit “Jealousy go shame”, he founded his own band called, the Apollo High Kings, in 1980. Between the years, 1980 and 1990 ABrantie Amakye Dede had dominated the highlife scene with several hit songs.
Nonetheless, in this 21st century, the Highlife music legend continues to remain relevant with his songs like, Handkerchief, Seniwa, Brebrebe yi, Mensuro, Mabre, Broken Promises, Nsuo Amuna, Okyena sesei, among others.
Sarkodie’s Black Love Virtual Concert lineup includes Amakye Dede
Today we announce the legend !!!!!! Daddy Amakye Dede reppin #BlackLoveVirtualConcert performing our new record for the first time 😉🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 16th August live on https://t.co/Z1LfG6nDE1 @CEEK pic.twitter.com/ZecvTHMv0P
— Sarkodie (@sarkodie) July 28, 2020
His music has been an inspiration to personal and social lives since he started singing. He is also one of Ghana’s old celebrities many of today’s Ghanaian musicians draws inspiration from.
He has mounted both local and international music platforms to inspire people with his music. Amakye Dede can boast of about 20 albums.
The legend has been crowned with several honours and awards. He is also a businessman who owns a very popular bar in Ghana’s capital, Greater Accra region known as the Abrantie Spot. the bar also serves as a place to help stimulates the relevance of the highlife music genre through life band sessions.