Stardom in general is a difficult achievement. Staying on top or even among the best in music is a harder job as some Ghanaian artistes s=have seen over the years.
The likes of Sarkodie, R2Bees, Samini and very few others have made it seem effortless. But we cannot say the same for a lot more.
YEN.com.gh lists artistes who are nowhere near their former statuses as they were in the 90s and early 2000s.
“16 Years” still remains Mzbel’s biggest hit till date. This is partly because it is a song whose theme does not expire.
But when that song was released in the early 2000s, most Ghanaians thought Mzbel was on the way to be one of the biggest in the industry.
Sadly, everything fell apart and it is difficult to tell how.
Anyone who lived through the 90s and early 2000s in Ghana should know who Deeba was. His self-titled track “Deeba” is a winner of a Ghana Music Award.
Unfortunately, Deeba could not mix his schooling and his music together. His travel overseas to further his education saw the end of a promising career.
Abrewa Nana is a pioneer of ragga and dancehall music in Ghana. There is very little doubt about this and so her fall from the top is surprising.
Abrewa Nana was loved basically because she was excelling in a genre of music that most thought belonged to men.
Bonchaka’s case is a cruel case of death taking away so much promise. Then a young second-year student at the University of Ghana, Bonchaka died in a car accident in the early 2000s.
He was a charismatic performer. He an infectious style with his fashion and music and most people have tried to imitate this.
King David’s “Ayefe Notse” is a timeless classic. It won him a Ghana Music Award for best collaboration along with Samini, then Batman.
King David had other hits afterwards but nothing quite measured up to the award-winning tune.
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