Abrantie Amakye Dede

One of Ghana?s highlife sensations, Daniel ?Abrantee? Amakye Dede, popularly known as Iron Boy was honoured in the studios of TV3 during the Mentor VII Live Show on Sunday, August 4, 2013.

The six contestants left in the Upgrade Version ? Charity Decku (Charity), Majeed Tahiru (Majeed), Benjamin Ashun Cobbina (Kwesi), Honny Kingsley Theophilu (Honny), Roselyn Akosua Mantey (Akos) and Gabriel Ansah (Gabby) ? before the short ceremony regaled the hundreds of guests and fans who thronged TV3?s Studio ?B? with some of the old tunes of the maestro.

Amakye Dede joined resident judges Mark Okraku Mantey and Dominic Ansah-Asare to assess performances of the six contestants on the night.

It was Akos who got glowing remarks from the judges as she elicited a salute from Mr Ansah-Asare after performing Abrantee?s ?Sokoo Na Mma Pe?.

In reading a citation to honour Amakye Dede, the General Manager of TV3 Network, Lazarus Lamptey, extolled the Iron Boy for his works which constitute about 20 albums.

He observed that it has virtually become a norm in Ghana for heroes to be honoured posthumously.

?But TV3 wants to honour heroes whilst they are alive.?

Abrantie was full of praise to management of TV3 Network for the honour bestowed on him.

Amakye Dede also advised the Mentor VII contestants to take advantage of the opportunity afforded them in the form of a reality show.

?We didn?t get it on a silver platter like this. We had to carry instruments and wash clothes of our mentors,? he reminisced.

?So you are lucky to get a stage like Mentor,? he noted.

Amakye Dede began his music career in 1973 when he joined the Kumapim Royals as a composer and a vocalist.

He later formed his own band, the Apollo High Kings, which has graced the Ghanaian music scene with hit songs like ?Bebrebe Yi?, ?Dabi Dabi?, ?To be a man Na Wa? and ?Iron Boy?.

He was honoured last year at the ?Legends and Legacy Ball? as a living legend in music in the country.



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