Amakye Dede, the legendary Ghanaian highlife artist, has said that the making of his iconic “iron boy” song took him eight years.
Abrantie Amakye Dede explained that he had a difficult time putting that song together since he couldn’t decide on certain music for the timeless piece.
He claimed he took a break from working on the ‘Iron Boy’ song to focus on other projects.
“This tune took me around eight years to complete.” I started with some rhythms, but it wasn’t working for me until I added reggae music to the mix. It was causing me such a headache that I would record a bit and then set it down and forget about it until I got it right,” he explained in an interview with Joy SMS.
‘Iron Boy’ was released in 1998 and continues to enjoy a lot of airplay today.
The composer of the timeless track, Amakye Dede, has been dubbed the “King of Ghanaian Highlife” since he has already released numerous excellent melodies in the genre.
He began his career as a songwriter and performer with the Kumapim Royals in 1973.
‘Abebi Bewua Eso,’ ‘Wanware Me A,’ ‘Odo Mani Agyina,’ and the iconic ‘Ohohoo Batani’ were all hits for this band, led by Akwasi Ampofo Agyei (AAA).
Amakye Dede relocated to Nigeria, where his single “Jealousy Go Shame” became a smash.
In 1980, he founded the Apollo High Kings, his own band. In the 1980s and 1990s, he dominated the highlife scene, and he has continued to have successful songs since then.