Veteran Ghanaian Muscician, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley has said that Sarkodie’s music would not get international listener-ship because of its content. He also talked about other contemporary artistes in the music industry including Obrafuor, Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale.
The veteran musician who touts himself as the originator of rap music in Ghana said that the current King of rap among the contemporary rappers, Sarkodie was a good rapper but his music was short of international standards to help his music thrive abroad.
In an Interview with Berla Mundi on GH One TV, the veteran musician said that Sarkodie’s rap was basically in the local language; twi and it was to the artiste’s disadvantage.
He added that the “Jennifer Lomotey” song maker was doing music no different from the foreign ones and it would be hard for a foreigner to buy Sarkodie’s music since it would be considered as sub-copy of what they already do overseas. He indicated that the language barrier would also go against the rapper in terms of selling to international listeners.
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley added that even if the rapper got the chance to perform abroad, he would only be performing in front of Ghanaians who live in the diaspora and understand the language used in the music.
He told the Rythzm One on One show hostess that the disadvantage in Sarkodie’s music was the point that it might not be able to cross the shores of Ghana due to the language.
He continued to say that Obrafuor’s music career suffered because of the similar fate as he explained with Sarkodie’s. He went on to criticize Dance hall acts, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy. He said he was not impressed with the dance hall artistes and thought they could do more.
He expressed his bewilderment at why Stonebwoy could not do something with his native Ewe language instead of sticking to Patois; a language not fairly understood by fans of his music.
He went on to say that he was the originator of rap music in Ghana and even Reggie Rockstone recognized him as the” tree” of rap music. He called all other rap artistes after him as his branches.
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