It would seem like a controversial thing to say about the dead but the late singer, Ebony Reigns, should not be considered a legend of Ghanaian music.
It is okay to say she pushed the frontiers of how a female artiste can be accepted. It is also okay to say that she was unique in how she appealed even to an older generation, seeing that she was very young.
But it is actually a disservice to Ghanaian music to describe her as a legend. The reasons, as we will see, are not on her side.
For the sake of this article, we shall define a Ghanaian music legend as one whose impact and style was original and long lasting.
1. Ebony had only one great year
In the year of 2017, there was very little any other musician could do to overtake Ebony Reigns on the music scene. She was simply everywhere.
But the unfortunate happened and a promising life was cut short. We cannot blame her for dying but a legend would have to have a longer sterling career than that.
2. Her style was not original
The idea of the Ghanaian female musician coming off as a sassy, sensual and seductive singer is an old playbook. Ebony added a lot of pages in a short while.
This should not make her a music legend. If anything at all, she would be a better rallying cry for feminism and women who want to control their own bodies.
3. Ebony was not writing her own songs
Some of the greatest artistes to have ever walked the earth never wrote their own songs. But if you are not going to write your songs, at least, have a longer career.
Ebony would have easily been comparable to some of the best if fate had not taken her away from us.
4. The impact of songs were not heavy
As earlier pointed out, Ebony as a young, independent and confidently sensual young woman is a good thing for the cause of feminists in Ghana. But we can say same about her music.
Legendary status should be reserved for those whose music had longer and deeper social and political impact. We owe it to ourselves to keep the bar high.
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