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The laurels of Appietus – a legendary Ghanaian Music god

Ace record producer, sound engineer, Appiah Dankwah is worthy of being crowned a true Ghanaian music legend as Ghanamusic.com spotlights his achievements over the years.

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The name ‘Appietus’ gained prominence from his signature “Appietus in the mix”.

It was, however, coined from the phrase “Appiahs’ Tools”. He has been the winner of six music industry awards in the 10-year span from the start of his career.

Music Honours 2015 Best Music Producer and award, Sun Shine Music Awards 2010 Best Sound Engineer award and the UK Ghana Music Awards, Best Sound Engineer in Ghana.

His remarkable work has also led him to represent the country in some international programs including and Worldtronics, Germany, 2012.

His father bought him his first toy piano to nurture his talent. Appietus took the opportunity to learn to play instruments at the Four Square Gospel Church, Mount Oliver Methodist Church and Alive Chapel Intentional and began learning the basics of sound engineering at Fredima Studios, Accra, in 1995.

He continued to grow his expertise and improved his sound engineering qualities from Fredima Studios and later moved to Kay’s Frequency at Asylum Down and then to Kampsite Studios at Dansoman SSNIT flats in the year 2003, after graduating from Kay’s Frequency.

He finally established his own studio (Creative Studioz) at Dansoman Sahara in the year 2006. Creative Studioz started off as a partnership between Amandzeba and Appietus till the contract expired when Appietus took over as CEO till date.

He has had the opportunity to be on the panel for the Vodafone Icons in 2012 and 2013.

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He mentored the group that won the 2012 Vodafone Icons and from which an eminent artist Wiyaala has emerged.

In 2014, Appietus collaborated with COPILOT Music and Soundon a cover of Carlinhos Brown’s “Maria Caipirnha (Samba da Bahia)”. The arrangement represented the musical instrumentation and styles of Ghana for Visa’s”Samba of the World”, a digital campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Appietus is versatile in his work and has always preferred to give reverence to God on the success of his career. His versatility has been proven in his productions, from the various genres he produces and (or) records.

His style has always been to adapt to the flow of what trends. He has recorded several genres of music (Afro-Pop, Hi-Life,Reggae,Gospel,Dance Hall,African Traditional, Hiplife, Azonto), which affirm his ability to easily adjust when the need arises.

From his main profession as a sound engineer he has also actualized in some other professions such as singing and acting.

He even released a single titled “Kuntunimu”, which featured Castro of blessed memory. He also further introduced a reality show, ”Appietus Idolz”, that sought to hunt musical talents.

He recently announced and listed in a Facebook post, over 200 hit songs he had produced for over a decade now.

We couldn’t help but flaunt the true Ghanaian creativity that have stood the test of time throughout the changing scenes of the music landscape.

Scroll down as we take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane with the best of music productions from the man, the myth and the legend; Appietus.

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Emmanuel Ghansah, Ghana Music

Singer, Songwriter, scriptwriter, blogger, lover of the creative arts, brands and communications expert.

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