Ghanaian dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy once called on his colleagues in the music industry to learn from the music artistes in Nigeria.
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He added that a lot could be learnt from them when such steps are taken, as against engaging in conflicts with them.
His call came on the heels of a social media “war” between Shatta Wale and some Nigerian musicians, notably Wizkid and Patoranking.
Shatta Wale’s comment to the effect that Wizkid does not fall in the category of a “superstar” did not go down well with musicians in Nigerian who challenged his assertions.
Stonebwoy, in an interview with Andy Dorsty on Hitz FM’s programme, Daybreak Hitz, asserted that, rather than ‘fighting’ them, it would have been better to learn from the Nigeria’s music industry in order to improve on areas Ghanaian music artistes could develop.
Reports from YEN readers showed the varying arguments they raised in support of or against Stonebwoy’s stance on the matter.
One reader wondered why we should copy the Nigerians. He added that Nigerian artistes are not known for dancehall music, hence there is nothing to copy.
He further added that Ghanaian Disc Jockeys (DJs) should refrain from playing Nigerian songs, as they are indirectly killing Ghana’s music industry.
This stance was however countered by another who stated that Stonebwoy’s call wa for a focus on oneness and solidarity and not Nigerian music.
Another reader was of the view that there was really no issue in this argument as Nigerians barely play Ghanaian songs on their radio stations, hence Ghanaians should also do same.
Yet another reader countered Stonebwoy’s suggestions saying that there was nothing but “okro and frog voices coming out wid off-side songs”
A reader also suggested that if there was something to learn, we should be humble enough to learn, in the same manner we have accepted Indian movies on our television screens.
To another reader there was nothing good to copy from Nigerians. Rather the focus should be on Jamaicans, since they are the originators of the dance-hall rhythm.
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