Amakye Dede accuses Nigerians of taken over highlife genre

Amakye Dede accuses Nigerians of taken over highlife genre

Highlife legend Amakye Dede says Ghanaian musicians have allowed Nigerians to take over the highlife genre.

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The 'Iron Boy' hitmaker urged the young and upcoming musicians to do more authentic Ghanaian highlife music to help keep the highlife genre alive.

“The only authentic music we have is Highlife but unfortunately it is only a few young musicians who are doing pure highlife. We have allowed the Nigerians to take that from us and it is not so good for the future of our industry.

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"The likes of Kuami Eugene are doing great when it comes to highlife music but I wish there were more young artistes taking up the genre,” he stated.

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Amakye Dede added that musicians should be able to tell the Ghanaian story through highlife songs so that people can easily relate to them.

“We can tell our own stories through Highlife and that is what I mostly do on my songs. I try as much as people to make sure Ghanaians can relate to my songs,” he said.

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he disclosed that said his doors were open to serious artistes who wants to do highlife.

Amakye Dede began his career in 1973 when he joined the Kumapim Royals as a composer and vocalist. This band, led by the late Akwasi Ampofo Agyei (AAA), had hits such as Abebi Bewua Eso, Wanware Me A, Odo Mani Agyina, Ohohoo Batani.

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He formed his own band, the Apollo High Kings, in 1980. He dominated the Highlife scene in the 1980s and 1990s and has continued to have hit songs in the 21st century. He has headlined so many concerts locally and internationally.

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In an interview with One Ghana and monitored by Bishop Steven Powell disclosed that God revealed to him that a musician whose name begins with 'B' and ends with 'A' had a heart attack and died.

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"A female musician in Ghana whose name starts with 'B' and ends with 'A' will get heart attack and die of heart failure," the prophet said.

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Per the description, Becca is the only one who is a female musician in Ghana that has her name starting with 'B' and ending with 'A'.

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The prophet added that he is praying seriously against the prophecy to ensure that the dark prophecy does not come to pass.

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