Veteran highlife musician and Chairman of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation has refuted assertion by Professor John Collins, a musicologist that Shatta Wale’s ‘My Level’ is Afro-Dancehall.
According to Rex Omar, there is nothing dancehall about the song.
Responding to the matter on WhatsApp platform for highlife musicians, the ‘Kotosa’ artiste wrote: “What is Prof saying? What is dancehall about MY LEVEL? There’s no iota of dancehall in it, he’s just trying not to be seen offending anyone.”
“90% of that song MY LEVEL is highlife. Why? Or was he expecting it to sound like the 1920’s?” he quipped.
Professor John Collins had earlier said in an interview with Joy News that even though ‘My Level’ has some highlife elements, it has a lot of other elements that tilt it away from the highlife genre.
He rather said he would describe it as afro-dancehall.
He also said Kidi’s ‘Thunder’ and King Promise’s ‘CCTV’ are also not highlife music. He would rather call them Afro-pop.
Watch the interview below: