b. Dan Amakye Dede, 1957, Agogo, Asante, Ghana. Before embarking on his solo career with the Apollo Kings in 1980, Dede had worked with the Kumapim Royals from 1975 onwards as their composer and vocalist. It was with them that he earned the nickname ‘Expensive Boy’. The Apollo Kings were formed in Nigeria and remained there during their early career, enjoying a hit single with ‘Jealousy’ (sung in pidgin English). He moved back to Ghana in 1986 after enjoying local success with ‘Kose Kose’, and his popularity increased. Several albums, enormously popular in Ghana but poorly distributed elsewhere, have showcased his ability to blend highlife guitar and reggae rhythms without stripping either music of its power.
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