I have been a choir boy from my childhood and continued at my Secondary days at Prempeh College. My school choir contemporaries were JOT Agyeman, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Education, Dominic Ansah Asare (Mido Productions) and countless number of professionals scattered around the globe.
No wonder Fredyma Studios began to produce choral music such as Tsemafo Arthur’s hit song, “EDZIN NO Y3 NWANWA” 1994 which Stella Seal later reproduced was one of the finest choral music to have been produced from our stables. Notable people who helped with the production were Hector De Graft Johnson, Late Lord Pinto and Jonathan Asempa (now a big time producer in South Africa) all on Keyboards with Kobina Afedzi on Backup vocals.
Kobina Afedzi is credited with a lot of gospel songs written for C.K Mann etc. Oppong Kyei also followed with Ohene Adu Nti (Quojo Da BeatMasta) doing the production. Later he Quojo went to lead the Tema Youth Choir with Mr. Allotey to produce the hit song “EBENEZER” from Fredyma Studios which has been a favourite of Chairman General Kwame Sefa Kayi for some time now when he starts his morning show.
Quojo Da BeatMasta also recorded the El Dunamis choir together with their leader Samson Okine. In fact the Winneba School of Music at a point used Fredyma Studios as a research centre.
Brother Pius from the Adehyeman Choral Group, a Catholic Church Choral group from all parts of the country also did all their recordings at Fredyma. I also recorded some Acappella group from the SDA Church including Baffuor Kyei also from the SDA Church. I also handled the live productions of the Harmonious Chorale under the management of Dr. Joyce Aryee and leader, Varick Armaah briefly.
A lot of choirs from various parts of the country recorded here. One of my favourite choral music is “JUST BY THE POWER OF GOD, DAY BY DAY, NIGHT BY NIGHT” by Quojo Da BeatMasta.
Part 7 will deal with the number of voice overs, jingles, radio and TV commercials produced from Fredyma which lifted the fortunes of some brands and companies. We ain’t finished yet.
Fred Kyei Mensah