Ghanaian rapper and songwriter, Enoch Nana Yaw Oduro-Agyei, popularly known by his stage name Trigmatic has rendered an unqualified apology to Amakye Dede and his team for a statement he made on radio days ago.
Trigmatic was asked in a phone interview to name his favourite songwriters of all time and while making the list, he did not include Amaky Dede.
When the host, Arnold Mensah Elavanyo asked if Amakye Dede qualified to be called a good songwriter, he replied, “I love his songwriting but I also know that he used to have a songwriter some years back. I’ve forgotten his name, he’s dead now. This is a story I heard from Akablay and I’ve also heard the same from one of the older musicians so I know that there is some consistency there.”
This comment did not go down well with Amakye Dede and his team since it was picked by blogs.
Trigmatic in a phone interview on Zylofon FM, therefore, apologised for his statement.
“I have not even seen the story, I received series of calls but because I didn’t know some of the numbers, there were some that I didn’t pick up and then I did get some calls from the man himself and he wasn’t too happy with my statement on the show and also Akwasi Aboagye called me and I explained from my angle that it was without any malice, I have no intentions to defame him or anything of that sort so he spoke to me that they’re not happy.
“In order to bring peace and from a very responsible and respectful point, I’d rather not necessarily explain or express cos that will only drag the entire thing. Rather do the needful this morning on the same platform which I suppose gave a statement that they’re not happy about,” he said.
He added that his statement was not intended to tarnish Amakye Dede’s image.
“One thing I want to put out is that I have no intention whatsoever to defame anybody, for my records I’ve been very consistent in honouring some of these legends; I mean from J.A Adofo to Ebo Taylor recently. I wish I got the same clouts for it when i did these events however it just happened that it has to be so and I just want to take this opportunity to render an apology that whatever I said that didn’t go well with the man himself, not only because he’s a musician but also because he’s a predecessor and he’s a legend at it, that’s number 1.
“Number 2, he’s Chief so he’s a father of the soil and he must be respected. I take back my words if he wasn’t so happy with it. I meant no evil, I had no evil intention, I had no intention of defaming him or destroying his image or hard work. It’s a clear issue of an irresponsible statement or a loose thought that came out and I take back my words and I’m not proud to render an apology which is why this morning instead of getting into what really happened and all of that, I’d want to say that I’m really really sorry and that statement was irresponsible, I take responsibility for it. And I hope that they’d take it in good faith.”