Fred Kyei Mensah

The year 1995_2000 produced some budding artistes and sound engineers. That was the time the airwaves had been liberalized. I remember us doing a jingle for Dr. Wireko Brobbey’s Radio Eye with K.K Dua (late), Nana Yaa-daughter of highlife legend and Pat Thomas at Kay’s Frequency. This period enabled young artistes especially students to compete amongst themselves in rap, highlife and gospel music. The battle was between Accra, Cape Coast and the Eastern Regional Schools. Some of the discoveries that came through Fredyma at that time were Borax, Five Five, Legal Amamre, Late Daasebre Gyamerah, Kofi B, Suzzy and Matt, Quata Budukusu and a host of others.

At that time, I had started training and engaging a lot of musicians from Liberia amongst them Mark Swaley Jones, Adjavon, John Freeman etc. Fredyma Studios was the place to be within that period. We recorded countless number of artistes when I bought my brand new Tascam 8 track recorder.

Kofi B was a backup vocalist in my studio who assisted a lot of artistes in their recordings. It was after Ofori Amponsah made a hit that I encouraged him to help Kofi B since we were all natives of Agogo Ashanti Akim. I then recorded the Demo for Daasebre Gyamerah’s hit song “Kokokoko”. That was Daasebre’s first studio experience.

In the year 2000, we started recording Mary Agyepong’s hit song “Aded33d3” with the late Soronko. I played the drum arrangements, synthesizers and Soronko did the rest of the magic with Mr. Kwaakye doing the mix.

It was here that the great Samini was also discovered live at Fredyma Studios.

The next great recordings to be done was Shasha Marley’s hit “Mata tui”. It was Kafui Dey (Ghone TV) on keyboards with your truly on arrangements and Don Waxi on the programming.Yay3 bi paa. Relax for more revelations.

Fred Kyei Mensah

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