Appietus

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Appietus
Birth name Appiah Dankwah
Born (1977-03-12) 12 March 1977 (age 41)[1]
Accra, Ghana
Genres Afro-pop, hi-life, reggae, gospel, dance hall, African traditional, hiplife, azonto
Occupation(s) Actor, sound engineer, music producer, musician
Years active (1995–present)
Labels Creative Records[2]
Associated acts


Appiah Dankwah, popularly known as Appietus (born 12 March 1977) is a Ghanaian actor musician, music producer and sound engineer based in Accra, Ghana.[4] The name Appietus gained prominence from his signature "Appietus in the mix".[5] 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.[6] He won the Ghana Music Honours 2015 Best Music Producer and Sound Engineer award, Sun Shine Music Awards 2010 Best Sound Engineer award and the UK Ghana Music Awards, Best Sound Engineer in 2008.[7] His remarkable work has also led him to represent the country in some international programs including WOMEX 2013 in Wales, UK,[8] and Worldtronics in Berlin, Germany, 2012.[9]

Life, career and style[edit]

Early life[edit]

Born Appiah Dankwah to Osei Poku and Susana Appiah[1] in Accra, but from Aduman in the Ashanti Region, Appietus is married to Freda Appiah Dankwah with four children (Nkunim Appiah Dankwah, Nshira Appiah Dankwah, Enigye Appiah Dankwah and Ayeyi Appiah Dankwah).[5] He attended Ebenezer Secondary School in Dansoman (Class of 1993). At a young age, he was enthused about playing an instrument and used any object he came across to make a noise. 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 Adabraka, Accra, in 1995.[1][5]

Career[edit]

He continued to grow his expertise and improved his sound engineering qualities from Fredima Studios at Adabraka in Accra.[1][5] 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.[10]

He has had the opportunity to be on the panel for the Vodafone Icons in 2012 and 2013.[11][12] 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 Sound on 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.

Style[edit]

Appietus is versatile in his work and has always preferred to give reverence to God on the success of his career.[13] 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.[4] He has just released his first single titled "Kuntunimu", which features Castro.[14] He has further led the industry by introducing a reality show ''Appietus Idolz'', that sought to hunt musical talents.[15]

Appietus Idolz[edit]

Appietus Idolz, was the first ever reality show to be organized in Ghana by a sound engineer. The idea was to produce real talents who were capable of making their own music after the competition. The show did not allow participants to sing songs of other eminent artists but rather sing one that they had originally composed to the beats of Apietus.[16] The inspiration for this reality show came from the future of the music industry, as Appietus prospected a few upcoming rappers who needed someone to produce them. Upon various encounters with quite a number who wished that he produced them, he coined the idea to produce the best of all the talents who represented on his reality show.[15][17] The winner of the show TJ, is currently being produced by Appietus under the label Creative Records.[2][18]

Appietus Compilation[edit]

The Appietus Compilation is a mix of Ghana's finest music stars on one platform. Appietus collaborates with an array of music stars on a single compilation. The essence of the compilation was for him to put together tunes that will leave endless rhythms in the minds of consumers. He has within a period of seven years (2008–2015) released three compilations: The Revolution, Tip of the Iceberg, and Appietus Compilation Volume 3 (Azonto Fiesta).[19]

Discography[edit]

Songs Recorded[edit]

Artists Songs Recorded
Daddy Lumba "Tokrom", "Obi Ato Meso Bour Remix", "Mensieda Remix", "Give and Take"
Ofori Amponsah "Otoolege", "Emmanuella", "Owayey"
Kwabena Kwabena "Aso", "Ohemaa Akua Konadu", "Menkoa", "Trodom"
Wutah "Gusiganda", "Sakotosa", "Obayi Wo Ahoufe"
Praye "Shody", "Angelina", "Kakyereno"
Sarkodie "Azonto Fiesta"
K.K. Fosu "Number One", "Obaapa", "Alomo", "6 Oclock", "Anadwo Yede Remix"
Rex Omar "Didadadidida", "Play I"
Okyeame Kwame "Faithful", "Mr. Versatile", "Wo Aniso", "Small Small"
Kojo Antwi "Memmo", "Anansewaa"
4x4 "Yesi Yesi", "World Trade Center", "Waist & Power"
Lucky Mensah "Onongbor", "Nakai Noorni", "Sweetie Jorli Diana", "Meni Obiaa"
George Darko "Lucky Star"
Ebo "Ones Twice"
Sidney "Scent no", "Abuskeleke"
Kofi Nti "Rakia, "Odo Nwom", "Atwetan", "Monica", "Kae Bo No"
Samini "Gbeke Ke Dark"
Obrafour "Heavy Onie"
Castro "Front & Back", "Mamendowo", "Azonto 360"
Bradez "419", "HipLife Review", "Dondo"
Becca "Forever Remix"
Kwaadee "Kawonan Toso"
Kwaw Kese "I Feel Good", "Kwedo Sa"
D2 "Mama ne Dada", "Ewo", "Never Leave Me"
5Five "Mujebaya-Move Back", "Bossu Kena", "African Girls"
Asase Abban "Wope Saa", "Boys Dey Pay"
Don Itchii "Maso Bekete", "Yaayi", "Dundu", "Worrior", "Ohenebiba"

Compilations[edit]

  • 2008:The Revolution[20]
  • 2010:Tip of the Iceberg[21]
  • 2012:Appietus Compilation Volume 3 (Azonto Fiesta)[22][23]

Single[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Appietus awards and nominations
Totals
Awards won 6
Nominations 5

Ghana Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2005 Himself Best Recording Engineer Nominated

Ghana Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2006 Himself Best Recording Engineer Won

Ghana Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2007 Himself Best Recording Engineer Won

Ghana Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2008 Himself Best Recording Engineer Nominated

UK Ghana Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2008 Himself Best Sound Engineer Won

Ghana Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2009 Himself Best Sound Engineer Nominated

Ghana Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2010 Himself Best Sound Engineer Nominated

Sun Shine Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2010 Himself African Best Sound Engineer Won

Ghana Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2011 Himself Best Music Producer Nominated

Ghana Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2012 Himself Best Music Producer Won

Ghana Music Honours[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 Himself Best Music Producer And Sound Engineer[26] Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Appietus in the Mix". GhanaWeb. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Appietus". culturebase.net. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Appietus". Ghanapromo. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Ghanaian Sound Engineer Appietus Goes into Acting?". silverbirdghana. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Personality Profile: Appietus". ghanabase.com. Ghanabase Music. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "APPIETUS". GhanaPromo. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Appietus / Bio". www.reverbnation.com. ReverbNation. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "MUSIGA Visits British Musician Union". thechronicle.com.gh. The Ghanaian Chronicle. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Worldtronics 2011 – alle Infos zum Worldtronics 2011". Festivalticker.de. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Appietus in a fix, where is his music reality show?". www.modernghana.com. Modern Ghana Media Communication Ltd. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Eazzy plays guest judge on Vodafone Icons + What Gena West and Appietus think about the Street Edition!". www.ameyawdebrah.com. Ameyaw Debrah. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Vodafone Icons: Street Edition: Zakia and Seed evicted". ViaSat 1. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Appietus in the Mix". www.ghanaweb.com. GhanaWeb. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Appietus: I am ready to sing". www.ghanaweb.com. GhanaWeb. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "Appietus Idolz finals in February". www.ghanaweb.com. GhanaWeb. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Appietus Idolz Launched". ghanabase.com. Ghanabase. 22 July 2007. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "Appietus churns out his own reality show". www.ghanabase.com. GhanaBase. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  18. ^ "Tj I Love You Winner of the Appietus Idolz Featuring Appietus". mp3linkmuzik. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  19. ^ "APPIETUS COMPILATION OUT". www.modernghana.com. Modernghana. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  20. ^ "Appietus". www.ghanapromo.com. Ghanapromo. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  21. ^ "APPIETUS". bandcamp. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  22. ^ "Appietus". rateyourmusic.com. Sonemic, Inc. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  23. ^ "Video Premiere: Azonto Fiesta by Sarkodie feat. Appietus & Kesse". www.ghanamusic.com. Ghana Music.com. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  24. ^ "ppietus – Kuntunimu ft Castro". www.ghanandwom.com. GhanaNdwom.com. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  25. ^ "Appietus – Kuntunimu ft Castro". ww.ghanamotion.com. Ghanamotion. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  26. ^ "Ghana Music Honours 2015: Sarkodie, Rock Dawuni, Tic Tac, others honoured". VIASAT 1. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 

External sources[edit]

Appietus Facebook Page

Appietus Twitter Page

Appietus Instagram Page

Appietus' interview with DJ Abrantie of Capital Radio

Appietus speaks to DJ Edu of BBC

TJ "Trust Jah"- Dem Try ( Winner Of The Appietus Idolz Season 1 )