- Kumi Guitar believes he paved the way for the rest of Zylofon stars to be signed
- The musician also denied any feud between himself and Stonebwoy
Highlife musician, Kumi Guitar has stated in an interview that he considers himself a founder of Zylofon Music. The "Betweener" singer was speaking to TV show host Delay on her 'Delay Show'.
Kumi Guitar, whose real name is Nana Yaw Kumi, explained that prior to being a professional artiste he was familiar with Nana Appiah Mensah. Mensah is the CEO of Zylofon Group and Menzgold Ghana, fast rising group of businesses in the country.
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Guitar told Deloris Frimpong-Manso (Delay) that Mensah was a mate in senior high school at Adisadel College. Guitar explained that they were not very close friends yet good acquaintances.
He said: “I won’t say we were that kind of friends who’ll break bread together but we were very cool.”
Kumi was first signed to the Sugar Tone Label, owned by veteran music producer,Mark Okraku Mante’s label. After two months of leaving the label Nana Appiah called and signed him.
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“I was the first artiste he signed on Zylofon Music. He knows I have a keen interest in music. I was best known for dancing and singing in high school so he had every reason to put me on," he told Delay.
For Kumi, because Nana Appiah was familiar with his talents, there was nothing fo him to prove.
Zylofon Music has since signed on soul and highlife singer Becca. The label has also acquired arguably Ghana's two biggest dancehall artistes at the moment, Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale.
But Kumi Guitar believes he opened the door for all these other artistes to come into the Zylofon fold.
Kumi did not deny that apart from the potential of Zylofon to market him to the world, the offer of a house and other benefits also moved his head. But he said he believed that when the time is right, he will pay back the support he and others have been given.
In the end, he denied any bad blood with Stonebwoy due to recent misunderstandings between the two. Kumi Guitar referred to their relationship as that of a family.
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