Dan Amakye Dede Biography, Music Career, Relationships, Awards, Net Worth And Much More
11 June 2020
By Kenneth Kiplagat
Who is Dan Amakye Dede?
Dan Amakye Dede also known as is called "Iron Boy", "the highlife maestro" and "Abrantie" (Gentleman), is a Ghanaian singer, writer and a prolific stage performer and is one of Ghana's premier high-life artists.
Amakye Dede Age
He was born as Dan Amakye Dede (Abrantie Daniel Amakye) on 5th January 1958 in Agogo, Ashanti Region, Ghana. He celebrates his birthday on 5th January every year.
Amakye Dede Wife and Children
He is married to Mary Amakye-Dede. The couple has been married for over 30 years. According to her, she met the highlife legend when she migrated to Accra from her hometown, Asante Akyem Agogo where she completed her education at the old “form-four” level.
The couple has four children. She is currently managing the popular “Abrantie” spot explained how the spot was started. Mrs. Mary Dede entreated Ghanaian ladies not to enter into marriages with the aim of enriching themselves.
Dan Amakye Dede Education
He attended Agogo Roman School.
Dan Amakye Dede Music
Dede began his career in 1973 when he joined the Kumapim Royals as a composer and vocalist This band, led by Akwasi Ampofo Agyei (AAA), had hits such as "Abebi Bewua Eso", "Wanware Me A", "Odo Mani Agyina", and the seminal "Ohohoo Batani". Dede moved to Nigeria,where he had his hit "Jealousy go shame".
He then formed his own band, the Apollo High Kings, in 1980. He dominated the high-life scene in the 1980s and 1990s and has continued to have hit songs in the 21st century. He has headlined so many concerts locally and internationally.
Amakye Dede Albums
Nea Obre Na Odi
Adukuro Mu Nsuo
Me Fre Wo
To Be A Man Na Wah
The King Of Hi-Life Music From Africa
Dabi Dabi Ebeye Yie
He made almost 20 albums. In his later career, he experimented with different genres: soca, calypso, lovers rock and pop music.
He owns a popular bar in Accra called Abrantee Spot, where he and other high-life musicians regularly play live-band music.
His popular songs include "Handkerchief", "Seniwa", "Brebrebe yi", "Mensuro", "Mabre", "Broken Promises", "Nsuo Amuna", "Sokoo na mmaa pe", "Kose kose", "Dabi dabi", "Mefre wo", "Okyena sesei", "Odo nfonii", "Nka akyi", "M'ani agyina", "To be a man na war", and "Iron Boy".
On 2 January 2016, he was involved in an accident that killed his manager and seriously injured his bodyguard.