|Hiplife Music Will Not Die – Okyeame Kwame|
|Written by Daily Guide on Friday, 28 June 2013 16:48|
One of Ghana's enterprising hiplife artistes, Okyeame Kwame, has condemned a group of highlife musicians who are making various statements that hiplife music will die out soon because the artistes doing hiplife are not creative music.
Oyeame Kwame, who disagreed with those making such statements, said that hiplife music was a fusion of urban hiphop and contemporary highlife.
He told BEATWAVES in an interview, 'I refused to accept that hiplife artistes in Ghana are not creative. Hiplife artistes are very creative and doing very well.
When you listen to some of their songs such as 'Odo' by R2Bees, 'Ahumka Womu' by VIP, 'Bye Bye' by Asem and Kwabena Kwabena, you will agree with me that all these songs are creative works and finished products'.
According to him, hiplife music started over a decade ago and all the artistes who were involved in hiplife music put in a lot of creativity to meet the demands of music fans in Ghana and beyond. He added that God created music to educate us on issues affecting the society, and for that purpose, hiplife music had come to stay.
Okyeame Kwame stressed that since highlife music had come to stay, so it was with hiplife music. 'Hiplife music in Ghana has been accepted by all, and it will not die'.
Enock Agyepong, Tema-based music producer and the Chief Executive Officer of Speech Music Productions in his contribution declared that hiplife music cannot die and would not die because it came from highlife, which had been embraced by all.
He told BEATWAVES, 'Hiplife which came out of highlife is just like hiphop and it has a large following. There is creativity in hiplife music and that Ghana and the outside world have to accept it'.
A few weeks ago, a group of highlife musicians declared that Ghanaian hiplife artistes were not creative and that hiplife music was only characterized by noise-making and had no future.
According to them, even though most of the hiplife music have won the hearts of many music lovers, it lacked the international touch needed to help shape the minds and attitudes of the people positively.
They cited musicians such as Daddy Lumba, Kojo Antwi, Ambolley, Papa Yankson, Amakye Dede and Pa Bobo are still appealing to both the young and the old because they have churned out rich instrumentations and tremendous lyrics.
The highlife musicians were of the view that if really the hiplife artistes in Ghana want to succeed on the world music market, they should learn from their predecessors like Gyedu Blay Amboley, Ben Brako, Thomas Frimpong, Amakye Dede, Kojo Antwi, Nana Kwame Ampadu, C.K Mann, among others.
One of the highlife musicians, Kofi Sammy recently told BEATWAVES 'Just listen to some of their lyrics, they are full of insults and insinuations, making one wonder whether that filth of music was meant for the decent Ghanaian culture'.
It is also on record that Ghanaian music lovers have had enough of indecent songs, and sooner or later, the artistes who have adopted going profane, will fade out.