Dan Amakye Dede is a Ghanaian musician. He is one of Ghana’s premier highlife artists popularly referred to as “Iron Boy”, “the highlife maestro” and “Abrantie” (English: Gentleman). Amakye Dede was born in Agogo, Ashanti Akim. He attended Agogo Roman School. On 2 January 2016, he was involved in a fatal accident that killed his manager and seriously injured his bodyguard.
Dede began his career in 1973 when he joined the Kumapim Royals as a composer and vocalist. This band, led by Akwasi Ampofo Agyei (AAA), had hits such as “Abebi Bewua Eso”, “Wanware Me A”, “Odo Mani Agyina”, and the seminal “Ohohoo Batani”. Dede moved to Nigeria where he had his hit “Jealousy go shame”.
He then formed his own band, the Apollo High Kings, in 1980. He dominated the highlife scene in the 1980s and 1990s and has continued to have hit songs in the 21st century. He has headlined so many concerts locally and internationally.
He made almost 20 albums. In his later career, he experimented with different genres; soca, calypso, lovers rock and pop music.
He owns a very popular bar in Accra called Abrantee Spot. He and other high-life musicians regularly play live-band music at this bar.
Some of his popular songs include “Handkerchief”, “Seniwa”, “Brebrebe yi”, “Mensuro”, “Mabre”, “Broken Promises”, “Nsuo Amuna”, “Sokoo na mmaa pe”, “Kose kose”, “Dabi dabi”, “Mefre wo”, “Okyena sesei”, “Odo nfonii”, “Nka akyi”, “M’ani agyina”, “To be a man na war”, and “Iron Boy”.