R&B singer, Ded Buddy has expressed concerns about music categorization in Ghana.
According to him, categorizing music into genres is more of a curse than blessing and that also makes the artistes unacceptable in the Ghanaian society.
“It appears apart from Highlife, Hiplife, Afrobeats and now Dancehall, every other genre is not well received in Ghana in Ghana and that is why I believe categorizing our music has been a curse.
“Why do I say this? There are very good talents out there are struggling to get attention because their kind of music is not readily accepted. Chase was such a fine talent but where is he now?
“Just follow the music of Jon Germain and you would appreciate that he is such a gem but how well is he faring? These are some of the negatives of categorising and placing relevance on some’” he told Graphic Showbiz in an interview recently.
He also complained about how award schemes in Ghana are only tailored to recognize and appreciate just a selected few from the ‘known’ genres.
This he said forces artistes to drop what they are really passionate about and take on the fast selling kind of music.
“In Ghana , the biggest music awards doesn’t even make room for a variety of music genres. It appears if you are not doing what they categorize, then you are out of the competition.
“This is how the likes of Efya and Adomaa are losing themselves in music because sincerely, you have no choice than to abandon what you love. I have been in studios and seen very good R&B and soul singers just drop that to do Hiplife or Afrobeats because they believe it will be hard for their kind of music to be accepted.
“Songstress Cina Soul, for instance, is a special breed of a soul singer but she is doing all kinds of music now because what she is good at is not accepted and patronized.
“Sincerely for her and her kind, if you are bent on breaking through into the mainstream, then you have no choice than to leave what you are best at and pursue what the masses have been made to accept,”