Long time high life musician, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley has described the new generation of Ghanaian musicians as copy cats. He said the musicians lack originality in their approach. Ambolley who spoke on Daybreak Hits said that most musicians now prefer doing music of other countries instead of upholding highlife music which is Ghana’s identity.
Expressing his worry over the style of music of young crop Ghanaian musicians, the high life mogul said that each country has a style of music with which they are known for, and that these musicians need to embrace Ghana’s own image. According to him, Ghanaian dance hall artistes prefer to popularise music from Jamaica instead of finding a creative way of reconciling highlife with the dance hall to own the beat.
…Each and everybody knows that whatever I come out with is Gyedu-Blay Ambolley. But the young ones, I think they have a lot of problems. They are not becoming original. They are doing too much of a copy. We have so much to offer in this country in connection to identity. We have something our forefathers left for us which is highlife. That is where our style comes from” he said speaking on Daybreak Hitz
Also according to him, part of the blame is to be put on radio stations. He said radio stations play a part by playing more of dance hall music instead of high life.
Ambolley when asked what inspired him to go into music, said he was inspired by God.
Ambolley who is known as the father of rap in Ghana has 29 albums to his credit and has received several awards. He is set to launch his 30th album in June this year. He said his upcoming album is made up of nine songs though he is yet to provide a title for the album.