The 1990’s saw the growth of the studio. The first Sound Engineer I worked with was Hector De Graft Johnson an old student of Adisadel College who was very good on the keyboards and programming. Kofi Essel was also a veteran keyboardist who later did a lot of works for Lumba, Kwabena Sunkwa, Ofori Amponsah, Kaakyire Kwame Appiah etc. The studio was moved to its present location Circle Adabraka, Accra in 1991. I undertook some tutelage from Mr. Kwaakye, Charles Wilson, Sammy Quainoo, Emma Adjetey all of Ghana films. Also worked alongside Kofi Andoh then a student at Nafti. I have a story ooooh.
At that time, the only music producers who were using Atari notator to program were Charles Amoah, Nat Fredua, Kwasi Yobo (late ), Willie Roi, yours truly and others that I can’t recollect. Business started in earnest and Fredyma Studios became the centre for programming which were distributed to the professional studios like Ghana Films, Elephant Walk at North Kaneshie, Sid Studios, Arc Studios in Tema and CHM studios at Mateheko. Later, Kays Frequency also had its fair share of the cake. We worked for 24 hours.
A lot of big time producers used Fredyma for their productions. Joseph Kojo Sam Sarge and Despite, Sami Helwani for Rev Addai Mensah’s works, Zapp, the late Kroppa Akufo, late Kwaku Boateng, Kwame Yeboah, the late Foster etc.
Between 1992 and 1993 I had discovered two talents whom I needed to push. They were Ofori Amponsah and Selina Orleans Lindsay. The National Theatre had then been commissioned and they had a program called SHOWTIME. It was at this show that the Chairman General, Kwami Sefa Kayi and I become very close. Will throw more light on our friendship later. We performed alongside the late Kofi Ani Johnson whom I was managing.
Some musicians and producers who passed through the studio were Paa Bobo, Teacher and his Africana band, Getty and friends and a lot which I can’t readily recollect. From 1994, I decided to teach others the rudiments of Sound Engineering. Get ready to hear from my first student, JQ and my second Don Waxi followed by Appietus and the rest of about 80 sound engineers. Stay tuned for Part 3. Try and follow me in all the parts. Thanks.
Fred Kyei Mensah