Margaret Gbindey Adom, a Ghanaian vocalist, was once the only female backing vocalist for the famed Amakye Dede. She’s also the voice behind smash tunes from the late 1990s.
Auntie Maggie, as she is affectionately known, has collaborated with a number of musicians and producers. She spoke with SVTV Africa about her three-decade career in Ghana’s music industry.
Mrs. Adom claims that her singing career began in the church, but that her career as a vocalist began with renowned music producer Zapp Mallet. Her first gig was singing with Uncle Fiifi on a Christian song. I had to sing the song in ewe after translating the lyrics. The song made its way to Togo, Benin, and other African countries, and that’s how I got my name.”
After that, Auntie Maggie was hired to work on songs by Tommy Wiredu, Ecow Micah, Dada KD, Nana Acheampong, Daasebre Gyamena, Nana Tuffour, Rex Omar, and a slew of other artists.
“With Amakye Dede, he was very specific about the type of voice he desired. He was looking for someone who could blend with and complement his voice. So I sang for him, and he seemed to enjoy it. He had never previously worked with a female vocalist. She added, “I did the backing for his song, ‘handkerchief.'”
In terms of live band appearances, she spent six years in a band with Rex Omar and two years in Kojo Antwi’s 24th December event.
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