Ghanaian musician Jupitar has claimed that he is the only musician in Ghana who produces the ‘real’ dancehall music.
This he said, in response to assertions by some showbiz pundits and music lovers that his ‘Fire’ song which features Stonebwoy is not dancehall. For this reason, it was argued that the song did not qualify to earn a nomination as the Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year in the 2016 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
Musician Jupitar’s song has been nominated alongside ‘Serwaa Akoto’ by Blakk Rasta, ‘It’s So Crazy’ by De Voice, ‘Hold Me Now’ by MzVee, ‘Go Higher’ by Stonebwoy and ‘Holiday’ by AK Songstress. However, when panellists of Pluzz FM’s AM Pluzz were commenting on which of the songs did not deserve to be nominated, Jupitar’s ‘Fire’ was mentioned as one of them. Reacting to this, Jupiter sent them a message which read,
“I’m the only proper dancehall/reggae artiste in this country. So anything I release should be considered as dancehall or reggae music. Period!
Jupitar affirmed his claims when he was contacted on phone. According to him, he is holding the fort than any other artiste in Ghana when it comes to dancehall music. He argued that his song deserved the nomination because it is dancehall and did well the year under review. He added that, “Sometimes, it’s not about the lyrics and content that qualifies it as dancehall or hip-hop.”
About Musician JupitarContrary to the claims, the producer of Jupitar’s ‘Fire’, Genius Selection, stated on the same platform that the song in question has a Francophone feel and for that reason does not fall within the dancehall or reggae category.
Jupitar was born Michael Okine in Soko. He was raised in Korle Gono but lives between Madina and Dansoman. He is the 2nd of 3 sons and the most favorite of his parents.
The ‘Enemies’ and ‘Be mine’ hit-singer came on the music stage in 2010 and it did not take him much time to become a household name in Ghana’s music industry. He took the name Jupitar because he has big dreams of becoming the greatest African musician just as the 5th planet Jupiter is the biggest of the all the nine planets. He also chose to use ‘ar’ instead of the proper ‘er’ at the end of his showbiz name to portray the star in him as a Ghanaian.