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Why I Don’t Want To Collaborate With Young Acts —Ambolley

Gyedu Blay Ambolley has explained why he doesn’t jump on any musical project with artistes representing the new generation.

The veteran Highlife musician declared that even if he is promised a fortune, he will not work with any artiste, especially the young ones if they don’t meet his criteria. Gyedu Blay Ambolley, who is thought by some to have invented rap in Ghana, said he has established a solid reputation, and that he will keep declining their calls for collaboration as long as those musicians do not recognize and uphold the standard of preserving Ghana’s unique musical heritage.

“I am not looking at the money. I am not going to say because they have money, I am going to charge them and do it. It has to be what I believe in and the substance of the music must have a positive impact on listeners.

“In our time, we learnt what music really was and the rudiments of music composition, arrangement and all other elements that make good music. That is not available to the young ones lately. All they do is to depend on the computer and after that give themselves all kinds of titles,” he stated.

Ambolley, whose music career spans more than four decades, claimed that most of the new crop of artistes prioritized trends and rapid gratification over creative integrity and cultural preservation in an interview with Graphic Showbiz on Tuesday, September 12.

He suggested that the new artistes would benefit greatly from putting emphasis on developing their talents rather than looking for quick ways to succeed.

“Many of them want to do music with me but they are not at par with what I expect. And if you are not up to that, I am sorry, I won’t team up with you.

“I have been approached several times by some of the young ones, they want me to endorse their stuff, but I decline because whatever work I put my mark on has to be real music. Most of them are doing what I call ‘sharp sharp’ music which has a very short shelf life.

Ambolley, however, acknowledged that there are very talented young musicians making waves in the industry and would not hesitate to groom and open his doors to them for collaborations and endorsements.

“There are a few exceptional ones who have the potential to make a significant impact on our music scene and we know them, and these are the ones I will not hesitate to work with,” he added.

Source – Tru News Report


Gabby Nash, popularly known as Gabs, is an incredibly talented writer and blogger. With an extensive career spanning over 15 years in journalism, Gabs has established a reputation for excellence that is truly remarkable. Throughout the years, he has contributed numerous thought-provoking articles and blog posts to various prominent Ghanaian websites and blogs. In the late 90s, he began his writing journey with Graphic Showbiz, Junior Graphic, and The Mirror, which is a subsidiary of Graphic Communication Group Limited. His articles have consistently showcased a deep level of insight and wisdom.
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