Amakye Dede vows to quit smoking
Posted on: 2011-Feb-26        Joy fm
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Legendary hi-life musician, Amakye Dede has vowed to quit smoking if he gets volunteers to help him.

Amakye Dede who was speaking on the Personality Profile segment on Drive Time with Kwabena Anokye Adisi popularly known as Bola Ray on Joy FM Thursday said although he is not a chain smoker, he is willing and ready to quit altogether.

“I smoke now but too much for sometime…like five sticks,” admitting that it is harmful and adding, “I know [its harmful] that is why am planning to quit… even now.”

The sober Amakye Dede said smoking serves a booster but was willing and ready to quit. “I am assuring you that from here, you won’t see Amakye Dede [smoking].”

His life

With over three decades in music, Dan Amakye Dede was born on 5th January, 1958 at Agogo in the Ashanti Region of Ghana; He is the youngest of nine siblings.

He attended Agogo St. Augustine’s Middle School and completed in 1972. Amakye is one musician who has dominated the hi-life music scene continuously for nearly three decades.

He is one of Ghana’s premier hi-life artistes and is affectionately called ‘Iron boy’ or ‘Abrantie’ which means gentleman, a name he got from the making of his first record with his master Akwasi Ampofo Agyei in 1975.

Known as Tom Back during his school days at St. Augustine’s Middle School, Amakye Dede revealed that his favourite musician in Ghana is Kojo Antwi, but takes inspiration from legendary Nana Kwame Ampadu.

He said his numerous fans should expect his latest album next week.