||Atongo Zimba, Africas
fastest rising star, worked in 1996 together with
K.K. DUAH AND THE MC COMBINATION
Atongo and Nana Yaw Wiredu recorded it in 1996 at Kays
Frequency Studio, Accra, Ghana. It recording turned out
to be a 'new wave' of Ghanaian music. Roots and hip
hop-like rapping. Gone were the days when Cool and the
Gang or Lionel Richie dominated social functions in
Ghana. Today, Atongo created his own rhythms that has
gone down too well with Ghanaians and the international
One of the brains behind the production of this kind
of music we so much love is K. K. Duah. A man who has
devoted his life to music production. On the highly
acclaimed Atongo MC "Combination" the
Asokpo-special "Odo Ye Wu" was engineered by
Dan Nettey & K.K. Duah
and mixed by K. K. Duah at Kays Frequency Studio - Accra,
Ghana. Like everything connected with Atongo, we found an
interview with K.K. Duah in the Uneek
QUESTION : Your business is music production. Is there
anything else that Kays Frequency does?
K. K. : Apart from being a recording studio, we are
also an advertising agency. Basically, what we aim at
doing is to promote young musicians to match the times
and international markets. We have also started working
on something like Ded Buddy's kind of music. R & B,
highlife, hi/hiplife. We also produce jingles for radio
QUESTION : What are some of the musicians you have
worked with or are working with?
K. K. : Initially, we worked with NFL which took a
very long time to produce. Others include Nananom, Ded
Buddy and Chico Dawuni.
QUESTION : Is music production what you've always
wanted to be or you 'landed' there by chance?
K. K. : No. Initially, I was at the University of
Ghana to do Bio Chemistry because my father is a doctor.
I then wanted to switch courses to do Pharmacy at KNUST,
which didn't work out, so I ended up doing Bio Chemistry.
After that, I left to do a computer course. That is when
I realised my career.
QUESTION : So did your career take off while at
K. K. : Well, I'd say in a way. I was lucky enough to
travel to London on holidays while at school. Anytime I
returned, I brought back with me some musical instruments
and machines for a studio. After a while, I realised
that, I had enough to start a small studio and I could
make some income from there. That is how it all started.
QUESTION : What do you enjoy most about your work?
K. K. : Everything. I learn something new everyday.
The machines we use are all new so, everyday is a new
experience with one machine or the other and I enjoy
doing it all.
QUESTION : How well do you get on with the musicians
that you work with?
K. K. : I think I do get along with them quite well.
Apart from that, I have come to learn to respect
musicians a lot. You know, most of us have the impression
that, musicians are drug addicts and drop outs. I have
learned from experience that they are disciplined
individuals and very good at what they do.
QUESTION : Your parents. How did they take your career
K. K. : My mother has been very supportive. My father
approved as long as I studied alongside running the
QUESTION : Do you have a family of your own. Are you
K. K. : No, no. I am not married. I am very single. If
you give me a wife, I'd marry her...ha, ha , ha!
QUESTION : Before you realised your career, what kind
of primary and secondary education had you had?
K. K. : I started nursery school in Kumasi at a school
where my mother was teaching. We moved to Accra and I was
enrolled at The Ridge Church School. A school dear to my
heart. From there, I successfully entered "The
School" (Mfantsipim). My sixth form education
brought me back to Accra; Accra High School. My
University education, I have already told you about.
QUESTION : Have you had any work experience apart from
your studio work?
K. K. : I have done some teaching at ABS. I have also
worked at SOFT.
QUESTION : Where do you see yourself in ten years from
K. K. : I see myself behind the desk of the Director
of a very large and reputable advertising agency.
QUESTION : Tell us about your friends. Do you have
time to make any?
K. K. : Apart from those in the media like Gabby and
Netty, I really do not have time for socialisation.
QUESTION : Then you must have no time for leisure.
K. K. : No. For the past two to three years, I am what
you would call anti-social in every sense of the word. If
I have gone out, it is because my work demands that I do
QUESTION : You must listen to the radio at least, who
is your favourite radio presenter?
K. K. : I think they are all doing well at what they
do. I do not have a favourite.
QUESTION : If there is one thing you hate, what would
K. K. : Bad odour, lice and 'tussing'.
The MC COMBINATION with Atongo and Nana Yaw Wiredu was
recorded at Kays Frequency Studio, Accra, Ghana.
Executive Producers were Nana Nyarko Ackah Yensu &
Ken Addy for Q&A Productions.
PROMOTERS: At the moment Atongo is
touring in Europe, but worldwide contacts can always be
easily made by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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