Award winning Music Producer and Musician Appiah Dankwah popularly known as Appietus has disclosed his intention to contest for the position of president for the umbrella body for musicians in Ghana –Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA).
Appietus who revealed this in an exclusive chat with Peacefmonline.com said he has being sitting and watching what is going on in Ghana as far as leadership in the music industry is concern for far too long and he believes this is the time to fully get involved and help raise the standards of music and musicians in Ghana.
“I am going to contest because I believe this is the time for a drastic change and I believe if I should win I will take the industry very far. There are standard practices when it comes to showbiz and particularly music all over the world but I think the current administration is not up to the task and I strongly believe I will do a far better job”, Appietus said when asked why he has decided to contest.
The “Move Back” Singer said he has had the opportunity to attend world music expo “WOMEX” and other music festivals in other parts of the world and he realized that Ghana music has been left far behind.
“We lose huge amount of money in Ghana every second just because simple structures have not been put in place and it seems the current administration talks more than they act.
There are standards practices all around the world which means we can only adapt but the current administration is just sitting around”.
Asked why he wants to contest Obour even though he supported his administration, Appietus said;
“I have been on Obour’s neck for sometimes now but it seems as if things are just slow. I know Obour is doing the best he can but I believe I can do better. I have contributed to Obour’s administration but I believe I can turn things around more expediently than Obour”.
He however stated that he has no problem with Obour “It is not like I have anything against Obour but I think we need to move faster than our current situation so as to have a better future for the young and upcoming musicians in Ghana and even the ageing musicians”.
Appietus would be contesting the likes of current President Bice Osei Kuffour aka Obour, Daasebre Gyamena, Gyedu Blay Ambulley among others come October 2015 during the MUSIGA elections.
Appiah Dankwah popularly known as Appietus was born 12 March 1977 to Mr. Osei Poku and Miss Susana Appiah. Appietus is an actor musician, music producer and sound engineer based in Accra, Ghana.
Appietus was born in Accra but hails from Aduman in the Ashanti Region; he is married to Freda Appiah Dankwah with four (4) children (namely Nkunim Appiah Dankwah, Nshira Appiah Dankwah, Enigye Appiah Dankwah and Ayeyi Appiah Dankwah).
He attended Ebenezer Secondary School in Dansoman (Class of 1993). At a young age he was enthused about playing an instrument and he used any object he came across to make a noise. His father, Osei Poku, bought him his first toy piano to nurture his talent.
He then 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 Adabraka, Accra in the year 1995.
He continued to grow his expertise and improved his sound engineering qualities from Fredima Studios at Adabraka in Accra.
He later moved to Kay’s Frequency at Asylum Down where he further enriched his production skills in the year 1998. He also worked at 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. He mentored the group that won the 2012 Vodafone Icons and from which an eminent artist Wiyaala has emerged.
The name Appietus gained prominence from his signature “Appietus in the mix”. It was however coined from the phrase “Appiahs’ Tools” hence Appietus. He has proven his feet over the years by sweeping a total of 6 awards in the industry spanning a 10-year period from the start of his career.
He won ‘Best Recording Engineer’ at Ghana Music Awards 2006, the UK Ghana Music Awards- Best Sound Engineer in 2008 Sound Engineer award, Sun Shine Music Awards 2010 Best Sound Engineer award and ‘Best Music Producer’ – Ghana Music Awards 2012. He also won the Ghana Music Honours 2015 Best Music Producer and his remarkable work also led him to represent the country in some international programs such as WOMEX 2013 in Wales UK and Worldtronics in Berlin, Germany 2012.
He has worked and produced hits and classic songs from his Dansoman based Creative Studioz with the likes of Daddy Lumba (DL), Ofori Amponsah, Kwabena Kwabena, Wutah, Praye, Sarkodie, K.K Fosu, Rex Omar, Okyeame Kwame, Kojo Antwi, 4×4, Lucky Mensah, George Darko, Rana, Lucky Star, Sidney, Kofi Nti, Samini, Obrafour, Castro, Bradez, Becca, Okomfour Kwaadee, Kwaw Kese, D2, 5Five, Asase Abban and Don Itchii.