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“SUCH NONSENSE” – KOD Slams Ambolley For Saying VGMA Is A Curse To Highlife

Kofi Okyere Darko widely referred to as KOD is infuriated by the recent remarks made by Ghanaian music legend, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley about the state of Highlife music in Ghana.

The music veteran and originator of rap music in Ghana was speaking to Graphic Showbiz on the sharp decline of hi-life music in Ghana when he blamed the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) for the predicament.

According to Ambolley,76, awarding all the prestigious awards to artistes who dabbled in different genres had sidelined hi-life and questioned the criteria for selecting Hi-Life nominees.

“It is unfortunate that people think when you sing in Twi or Fante over a Dancehall or Reggae beats it automatically makes it Highlife music. That is not true but it has become the norm over the years because these are the kinds of music VGMA rewards,” he pointed out

“Today, if anyone wants to have an idea of what Ghana represents in terms of music, I bet the person will not count any Highlife artiste since all the perceived big acts currently are not doing Highlife.”

“We have buried our own and pursuing Dancehall music and the likes and interestingly, the VGMA has been promoting the agenda by rewarding such artistes with the topmost prizes,” he told Graphic Showbiz

But in a sharp rebuttal on Facebook, On-Air-Personality, KOD has taken Ambulley to the cleaners describing his statements as “nonsense”

KOD, who has frequently hosted the VGMAs, disagreed with Ambulley’s claim and instead praised the plan for constantly portraying Ghana.

“Which awards scheme has projected our music industry like VGMA since independence?” KOD quizzed in his epistle “How many have projected our musicians beyond GH. How many have consistently done more than 10 years?”

KOD advised Ambolley to place the blame on the radio stations that had refused to broadcast hi-life music, claiming that they were to blame for the problem.

“When was the last time he released an album? He should be blaming some of the radio stations who don’t even play our music.

When was the last time or how often do you hear highlife on radio? VGMA cause am?” he pointed out.

Read KOD’s full post below:

“Such nonsense!

Which awards scheme has projected our music industry like VGMA since independence? How many have projected our musicians beyond GH. How many have consistently done more than 10 years?

Some of our musicians have failed to evolve and quick to blame others for their personal mishaps. When was the last time he released an album? He should be blaming some of the radio stations who don’t even play our music.

When was the last time or how often do you hear highlife on radio? VGMA cause am?

People should look at evolving and projecting themselves instead of pointing accusing fingers.

Ambulley should be bigger than this petty comment and should check how he discredits his fellow industry colleagues too. You’re a true celebrity. Don’t go this path Sir.

As one of our last of our greats left, this is below him.”

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