Abrantie Amakye Dede, a Ghanaian highlife legend, claims to be the first to introduce the wearing of tattered jeans in Ghana.
“I won't lie to you, this type of jeans, if I'm not the first person to bring it to Ghana, I must be the second.”
He confirmed that he wore a similar outfit in his album "Debidebi ebeyie yie."
Joining the aged club, according to the Ghanaian sensation, is not on his bucket list.
“As I always say, age is a club. It is entirely up to you whether or not you wish to join the group. But, Abrantie Amakye Dede, I'm not ready to join because I need to look young,” the Iron Boy, as he is affectionately known by his fans, stated.
Amakye Dede's career began in 1973, when he joined the Kumapim Royals as a composer and vocalist. This band, led by Akwasi Ampofo Agyei (AAA), had hits like "Abebi Bewua Eso," "Wanware Me A," "Odo Mani Agyina," and the seminal "Ohohoo Batani."
Dede moved to Nigeria, where he had a hit with "Jealousy Go Shame."
In 1980, he founded his own band, the Apollo High Kings. He dominated the highlife scene in the 1980s and 1990s and has continued to have hit songs in the twenty-first century. He has headlined numerous concerts both locally and internationally.
He has released over 20 albums and has experimented with various genres such as soca, calypso, lovers rock, and pop music.
‘Handkerchief,' ‘Seniwa,' ‘Brebrebe yi,' ‘Mensuro,' ‘Mabre,' ‘Broken Promises,' ‘Nsuo Amuna,' ‘Sokoo na mmaa pe,' ‘To be a man na fight,' and ‘Iron Kid,' among others, are among his most famous songs.
In 2018, the Omanhene of Asante Akyem Agogo, Nana Kwame Akuoko Sarpong, installed Amakye Dede as ‘chief' (OKYREADOM 1).
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