Respected highlife musician, Kwabena Kwabena, has disclosed that he will think twice before mentoring young up-and-coming artistes.
According to the musician, current crop of Ghanaian artistes have nurtured the habit of disregarding and not recognizing legends when they become popular.
Speaking on Kasapa FM in Accra, Kwabena Kwabena indicated that due to his bad experience in the Ghanaian music industry, he has decided to be circumspect who to mentor.
The popular highlife singer in his radio interview said that young Ghanaian artistes have refused to tap into the skills of already known musicians because of false information given to them by their managers.
“I go to Agya Koo Nimo up until today for some music lessons and someone like Pat Thomas is one of the highlife legends I admire so much but for me Kwabena Kwabena I don’t want to use any new artiste as an example,” he said.
The ‘Asor’ hitmaker in his conversation insisted that he will forever be grateful to highlife legends such as Agya Koo Nimo, Pat Thomas and the late Papa Yankson for nurturing and helping him build a better brand over the years.
“I’ll think twice about it because the legends I mentioned their names up until when I became a known artiste, I still have a lot of respect for them and still remain humble to them. Let’s ask ourselves if artistes who came to meet these legends ten years ago give them that same respect," he lamented.
Kwabena added that many young Ghanaian artistes will continue to perform poorly if they continue to show total disregard to experienced Ghanaian musicians.
“Papa Yankson of blessed memory thought me microphone techniques so I’m not surprised recently a well-known band was chastised severely for their poor performances at a popular event. It is good to learn from the experienced artistes if you’re a young artiste and wanting to learn,” he said.
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