Legendary Ghanaian musician, Abrantie Aamakye Dede has been honored with a chieftaincy title by Chiefs and people of Agogo in the Ashanti Region.
The Paramount Chief of Asante-Akyem Agogo, Nana Kwame Akuoko Sarpong conferred the title on the musician on Monday, January 1, 2018.
Amakye Dede now will be known in the traditional circles as Barima Okyeredom Amakye Dede I.
Explaining the title, Nana Akuoko Sarpong said the high-life legend is a crowd-puller whose exploits in the music industry has brought glory to the entire Asante-Akyem Agogo, where he hails from.
The Paramount Chief further stated that honoring Amakye Dede the title is to say ‘thank you’ to him for giving a facelift to the Agogo by his newly constructed hotel.
Amakye Dede in a brief address promised that he would do all he could to fulfill the responsibilities that come with the title conferred on him.
“I want to assure Nananom that I will take my responsibility very seriously and I will do everything to uphold the dignity of this office and I will not let you down in any undertakings that I have to do,” Ghanaguardian.com report quoted Amakye Dede.
The musician, Daniel Amakye Dede was born on January 5, 1958. He is one of Ghana’s premier high-life artists popularly referred to as “Iron Boy”.
Amakye Dede was born in Agogo, Ashanti Akim where he attended Agogo Roman School.
Abrantie Amakye Dede as he is affectionately called began his career in 1973 when he joined the Kumapim Royals’ band as a composer and vocalist.
The band which was led by Akwasi Ampofo Agyei (AAA), had series of hits songs including “Abebi Bewua Eso”, “Wanware Me A”, “Odo Mani Agyina”, and the seminal “Ohohoo Batani”.
He then formed his own band, the Apollo High Kings, in 1980 and dominated the highlife scene in the 1980s and 1990s and has churned out hits songs till date.
He has also headlined so many concerts both locally and internationally. Amakye has almost 20 albums to his career.
Some of his popular songs include ‘Handkerchief,’ ‘Seniwa,’ ‘Brebrebe yi,’ ‘Mensuro,’ ‘Mabre,’ ‘Broken Promises,’ ‘Nsuo Amuna,’ ‘Sokoo na mmaa pe,’ ‘Kose kose,’ ‘Dabi dabi,’ ‘Mefre wo,’ ‘Okyena sesei,’ ‘Odo nfonii,’ ‘Nka akyi,’ ‘M’ani agyina,’ ‘To be a man na war,’ and ‘Iron Boy,’ among others.
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