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Music of Tuesday, 24 April 2007


Sugar Tone Young But Very Dynamic

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In recent times music has gradually climbed higher on the entertainment ladder. Musicians always receive the applaud leaving the technical producers or sound engineers out. Little does one know or hear about them.

One of such sound engineers who have helped immensely in the music industry although the youngest among them is Sugar Tone also known in private life as Kofi Ampem Darko (a name unknown to many) of Options Digital Studio sited at Osekua estate located in-between Santa Maria and the Anyaa market.

Sugar Tone?s love for music was wonderful and can be described as an inheritance because his father is Okyeame Bediako secretary to MUSIGA, Onyina his uncle and relates to Agya Koo Nimo from his mothers side.

Sugar Tone at a very tender age joined a lot of gospel bands where he played the drums, keyboard, guitar and actually played the entire musical instrument except the base guitar.

He was a student of Labone Secondary and later to Ghana Films where he studied how to arrange songs, mix, program and in all how to package music in an appealing way. He first did his attachment at Despite Studios where he studied under Mr. Ebenezer Agyekum who is currently in Canada. He proceeded to TNT studios at Tema after his attachment.

Sugar relocated himself at West Wise Digital Studio at Spintex Road where he worked on Bandana?s maiden album ?Moko hoo?. He then moved to the giant in the engineering sector that is Zapp Mallet of TLC studio located at Mile Eleven (11) for some finishing touch to his carrier. Some where along the line he passed through Freddima studios at Nkrumah circle one of the oldest recording studios in the capital where most of the sound engineers started their training.

He established his own recording studio three years ago and the first artiste he recorded in his studio was Daasebre Dwamena and has produced hit after hit for different artiste till date. He can boast of working with artiste like Tinny, Etuo Aboba, King B, Absorber, Bandana, Reggie Zippy, Lucky Mensah, Sydney, Lenny Akpadi and the list is endless.

Sugar?s aspirations for the future are; ?to gain international recognition in his carrier, to come out with a mega compilation project very soon this year and also to produce hit songs as he goes on?.

Also asked about his man Daasebre; in a remorseful way he said ?God has his own way of doing things but I cannot say if he is guilty or not guilty?. He says to him he does not think this will affect his image negatively but rather positively because nobody knows the change his situation will impact on him when he comes back.

?Daasebre is the best artiste I have worked with so far and was like a senior brother to me he added?. He concluded this interview by telling all those who says he deals in drug to stop spreading false information to the public.

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