TGMA24: Legendary Amakye Dede Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award


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Legendary Ghanaian Highlife musician Amakye Dede received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 25th Telecel Ghana Music Awards, held on June 1, 2024, at the Accra International Conference Centre.

Amakye Dede’s more than half-century in the Ghanaian music scene stands as a testament to his enduring influence. He began his musical career as a composer and vocalist with the Kumapim Royals, a renowned Highlife band led by Ghanaian Highlife legend Akwasi Ampofo Agyei (AAA).

Later, Amakye Dede formed his own band, Apollo High Kings, known for releasing numerous Highlife hits in the 1980s and 1990s. With a discography of twenty albums and a vast song catalogue, his significant impact has shaped not only the Highlife scene but also inspired generations of musicians and music enthusiasts.

Affectionately called “Iron Boy” by Ghanaians, Amakye Dede has explored various genres such as Soca, Calypso, and Lovers Rock, seamlessly integrating them into Highlife. His well-known songs include “Iron Boy,” “Su fre wo Nyame,” “Asem to me a ka bi ma me,” “Dabidabi Ebeye Yie,” “Mmaa Pe sokoo,” and “Bebrebe Yi.”

In recognition of Amakye Dede’s unparalleled talent and unwavering dedication to his craft, the 25th Telecel Ghana Music Awards honored the music legend with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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