Renowned Ghanaian Sound Engineer Gideon Darko popularly known as Sugar Tone is currently in a very sorry state with calls to musicians who have benefitted from his works to come to his aid.
A video of the hitherto vibrant sound maker who produced hits for top musicians in the country including Bandana (Now Shatta Wale ) Moko Hoo album, Kumi Guitar’s 1 litre, Daasebre Gyamena’s still in love, Reggie Zippy for sale, virgin Kofi B, Daddy Lumba, Ofori Amponsah among others, was found lying weak and struggling to sit up.
It is unclear what actually may have happened to Sugar Tone whose last media encounter was a threat to take musician, Nana Yaw Kumi to court for giving out the song to Mark Okraku when they had a contract about its release.
Sugar Tone owned 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 years later and the first artiste he recorded in his studio was Daasebre Dwamena and produced hit after hit for different artistes. 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.