JayQ The Legend – Personal Life, Career, and Famous Track
Jeff Tennyson Quaye is a professional Ghanaian musician, record manager, sound engineer, record producer, keyboardist and songwriter. Born September 12, 1970 in Osu and under the stage name JayQ The Legend, the talented musician is well known and loved by masses around the world.
Born and raised by Jeff Tennyson Quaye senior and Miss Comfort Adjin-Tettey, the brilliant singer has lived in the metropolis of Accra, the capital of Ghana.
JayQ The Legend’s artistic endeavor was sustained very early in his life when his church, the Emmanuel Assemblies of God, sponsored and supported his keyboard studies at the Oriental School of Music in Adabraka, Accra.
JayQ The Legend later joined the Resurrection Power and Living Bread ministries. Here he met Fred Kyei Mensah from Fredyma Studio. Fred taught him music programming and opened his world and his sights to the wonders of recording.
Under the direction of Fred Kyei Mensah, JayQ The Legend productions began to spend time on radio from the mid-1990s to the end of the decade. It was then that his music began to reach people all over the world.
In the late 1990s, JayQ The Legend began working with several renowned artists in different and distinct musical genres. This list of well known and famous people included Alhaji K. Frimpong, Obuoba JA Adofo, George Jahraa, Sibo Brothers and many more. In addition, he became associated with the Gospel which encompassed Suzzy and Matt, Jane and Dan, Andy Frimpong, Osuanu Afrifa, Mr. and Mrs. Nyantakyi, etc. He has also worked with cultural and live group including Saneko, Wulomei, Adams family, etc.
All of JayQ The Legend’s’ 90s productions were analog. He and his team produced and recorded them at the Combined House of Music (CHM) in Accra. However, by early 2000, the technology was changing rapidly. As such, digital recordings began to gain the love of the masses. Due to the problem that people were now downgrading analog recordings, JayQ had to leave Analog Studio, CHM. He went from Cubase and Notator on an Atari computer to Virtual Sound Lab’s all-digital recording studio. There, he fell in love with the practical operation of Pro Tools on the Apple Mac, still using them to this day.
In Virtual Studio, JayQ The Legend experimented and compiled his style of music. It was here that he made the Jama or Kpanlogo which made him a phenomenon and a sensation all over the world. He presented his Bukbak track “I’m Going to Come” to the hiplife world. The heart of the rhythm of the music is the fusion of native instruments which included maracas, cow bell, whistle, claps, bass and guitars, congas, jembe, etc.
However, it received a lot of criticism from people, mainly because equestrian life then was mostly hip-hop and undefined. Nonetheless, the movement gained mass recognition and popularity. It quickly became unstoppable as more music engineers and producers got down to it.
Gradually, JayQ’s track The Legend became part of the definition of the hiplife, and music journalists and publicists began to recognize it as such.