I am not a perfect human being. I have lied, stolen, flirted, fought and done most of our social vices but has never killed any human being before. Monday, the 20th February, 2017 marks 30 years of establishing FREDYMA STUDIOS. Though I was in the Sound Engineering business 4 years earlier. What started in my bedroom as a hobby in my brother’s Fred Osei Taylor home at Lartebiokorshie, Nkrumah’s flat in Accra became a turning point in the lives of so many people in the creative arts industry.
My brother was working with the then Ghana Airways and had been transferred to Dusseldorf so i was taking care of his house. He had a small Casio keyboard which I started to do DEMOS with. My first client was a guy from the Central Region. The studio was known as FKM studio i.e. Fred Kyei Mensah’s studio.
Another person who encouraged me was Nana Aboagye Asiamah. I understand he is now a chief in Kwahu.
It was not until 1989 that I started to work at Shell as a fuel station manager.
I bought my own 2 Yamaha Keyboards which was carried by Ofori Amponsah to my room in 1990 which I used in programming his maiden song “ODO MRA FIE.”
It was then that I bought the Atari Computer from the late Kwasi Yobo through the efforts of Nana Nkrumah, the versatile musician.
Wasum ay3 wo d3! Your ears and eyes are eager to get more info. Stay tuned. The other parts will throw more light on the first Sound Engineer I employed, the discovery of JQ, Appiatus, Ofori Amponsah and the rest. Fredyma, the man with the master plan!
Fred Kyei Mensah