December 17, 2014

Apollo International Band of Ghana
led by Dan Amakye Dede – Taxi Driver
Onye Oma Cy Records 1984

Apollo International, front

For the lovers of Ghanaian highlife we have an album
by Dan Amakye Dede and his Apollo International Band
of Ghana. It was recorded in Nigeria in 1984 and sounds
a little noisy. It is always difficult, should I keep this album
from posting because it is crackly or continue without holding
back ? I guess I’d rather choose the second option.
Guitar-highlife from Ghana but made in Nigeria is one
of the most popular styles at our page, so if you forget the
noise I’m sure this one will also find a happy listening ear..


1 Taxi driver
2 Yen hunu bi da
3 Woa nnare mea membotwo
4 Tun tum black
5 Nye wonko
6 Odo sambe wa mi


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  1. kwabena boakye 17 December 2014 at 19:39 - Reply

    Thank You Moos… Your selections are always on point… keep them coming…. Amakye Dede is a legend and his shows always sellout everywhere he goes among the Ghanaian community home and abroad…. he hasnt made any albums recently and he is one of the few remaining originals from his era still performing… In one of his interviews he recalls how they used to recieve plantains and foodstuff as payment for their shows in the villages when they played to the poor folks and farmers, now his show tickets sell between $50 regular and higher for VIP when he performs his old songs… most of the good artistes never lived to see highlife worth this much… highlife has really come a long way when they used to do it for the love of the music not for the money… sadly its dying out because the new generation is interested in other forms of junk music

    • Moos 18 December 2014 at 01:19 - Reply

      ..didn’t know he still performs, nice to hear, I have another Apollo waiting, soon come..

      • kwabena boakye 18 December 2014 at 13:33 - Reply

        am keeping my fingers crossed then…. Amakye Dede started his music as lead singer with Ampofo Adjei’s Kumapim Royals Band which you have already posted some albums from… If you still have some more from them too, that will also be great

  2. Caleb 18 December 2014 at 02:51 - Reply

    An INCREDIBLE and SERIOUS post! You are simply awesome Moos!!! Keep the great Highlife albums coming, especially by Amakye Dede. This album was very hard to find! You my friend are also a legend!

  3. glinka21 18 December 2014 at 04:44 - Reply

    Crackly is fine. I think too many listeners are obsessed in these digital days with a clean signal, without regard to the music that signal is meant to convey. Without going into the whole analog vs digital argument, it just seems to me that if I had to do without a lot of excellent music that was recorded before the advent of digital recording, or analog tape recording, or even microphone recording, I’d be much poorer for the loss.

    It’s like going to somebody’s house for a live dance party. You don’t criticize the guitar amp, or the singer’s upper range. You go to enjoy. And if you can do that, it all fits. And nothing else matters, in my opinion.

  4. Kwame Bediako 18 December 2014 at 17:59 - Reply

    I have met Amakye Dede a couple of times at his hometown of Agogo. He is a true gentleman, well spoken and so respectful.

    And Moos, you sprinkle the joy of music across the seven corners of the world. You, muchacho are truly a legend!

  5. Luke 19 December 2014 at 19:44 - Reply

    Thanks Moos!!!!

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