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Having a song with Amakye Dede means a lot to me – Sarkodie

The well-known rapper and BET award winner Sarkodie recently sent his sincere gratitude to the late Ghanaian Highlife star Amakye Dede. Sarkodie, the first musician to collaborate on a song with the renowned great, expressed his immense honor in a tweet on X (formerly Twitter).

The Rapperholic Exhibition, a celebration of Africa’s highly acclaimed and multi-award-winning rapper Sarkodie’s amazing accomplishments, was launched in cooperation with Mix Design Hub and Eagle Plug. The event occurred on December 12, 2023. It featured a special appearance by the legendary Amakye Dede, which added another dimension of significance to the celebration of Sarkodie’s remarkable career.

About the Legendary Amakye Dede

Amakye Dede, the musical maestro from Ghana, is the live heartbeat of Highlife music. Daniel Amakye Dede was born on January 5, 1947, in Agogo, Ghana. His musical journey is more than just a profession; it’s a cultural trip that has earned the hearts of followers across decades.

Amakye Dede’s beautiful compositions and poetic narratives of love, life, and the world we live in transport you. His voice, combined with deft guitar strumming, earned him the beloved nickname “Iron Boy” for the raw strength he’s demonstrated throughout his musical journey.

Amakye Dede broke into the national stage in the 1970s, dazzling Ghanaians with classics like “Akwadaa Wesoa” and “Bebe Ntontom.” His creativity consisted in fusing traditional Highlife with a modern atmosphere. This has established him as a pivotal figure in the genre’s history.

It’s not only about the music, though; it’s about a deep commitment to preserve Highlife. In an era when musical trends come and go like the wind, Amakye Dede remained steadfast. He’s fostering new artists and remaining true to Highlife’s original roots.

You can feel the intensity in one of his live performances. Amakye Dede is a storyteller as well as a musician. Creating the rich fabric of Ghanaian Highlife culture with every note.


The pinnacle came in 2019. Amakye Dede was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. It was not merely a salute to his musical brilliance. But also to his role in establishing cultural identity through song.

His effect is seen throughout Africa and beyond, not just in Ghana. Collaborations with Sarkodie, for example, demonstrate his capacity to cross the generation divide. He demonstrates that his music transcends time and appeals to souls of all ages.

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