- Gyedu Blay Ambolley, has claimed that Shatta Wale cannot be the dancehall king
- According to Ambolley, dancehall originated from Jamaica and as such Shatta Wale cannot be crowned as king
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Veteran highlife musician, Gyedu Blay Ambolley, has argued that the music artiste, Shatta Wale, should refrain from calling himself the ‘dancehall king’.
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Ambolley further stated that dancehall originated from Jamaica, and in that respect, it is erroneous for Shatta Wale to lay claim to the title.
“You sitting down here calling yourself ‘Dancehall King’" ; we know that the dancehall was created in Jamaica. So are you a better king than those that created it?, you who is an imitator?" Ambolley questioned on 3FM.
He further stated that there was the urgent need to be realistic about somethings in life. To Ambolley, Africa is yet to produce an original idea or concept.
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He added that incessant copying of non-African things has become a problem for the continent.
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley is a Ghanaian highlife musician, songwriter, producer, and composer.
As the first musician from Ghana to formally incorporate rap forms into local highlife rhythms, Ambolley created the musical genre, Simigwa.
In June 2015, he received a citation in the USA from the City Council of Philadelphia, read by Council woman ; Honorable Jannie Blackwell and Hon. Stanley J. Staughter in recognition of his contributions to Ghanaian music in the USA.
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