I’m the tree of Hiplife in Ghana

Music legend Gyedu-Blay Ambolley seem to have

ended the long-standing argument about who

the originator of rap music in Ghana really is

after describing himself to NEWS-ONE as the

"tree of hiplife".

"When it comes to hiplife, I'm like the tree and

the rest of them are the branches," Ambolley

stated when the paper caught up with him about

the fast rising music genre in Ghana.

Entertainment Pundits over the years referred to

Reggie Rockstone as the grandpapa of hiplife

until the he openly declared Ambolley as the

real 'Grandpapa' of the genre at the just-ended

Glo Slide and Bounce concert.

"I think it was just appropriate that Reggie came

out to acknowledge me as the grandpapa of rap

music in Ghana. It is called humility. He was the

one who opened the eyes for Obrafour and the

rest to have that idea that they could actually

rap in Twi. That was more like an eye-opener for

the rest to follow. I have known Reggie since he

was kid because his father was my friend. He

was fascinated with me at that time so we built

a rapport," the saxophonist and rapper said.

Ambolley is currently working towards the

launch of his new album he calls 'Different

Shade of Ambolley'. According to him, the album

which is due to be launched on December 19, at

Alliance française, features some young champs

like the Wanlov the Kubolor and M3nsa on two

separate tracks.

"My new album is more about socialism.

Currently everyone seems to be singing about

girlfriends and nobody is really looking at what

is going on to sing about it. The album talks

about corruption, why pastors don't go to the

hospitals and heal the sick for free and all.

Basically the album is just to enlighten the

public," he added.

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, known as the 'Simigwa Do

Man', hails from the port city of Sekondi-

Takoradi, in the Western Region. The

irrepressible singer, songwriter, producer and

"musical-life-force" exploded on the music scene

some 27 years ago with jazzy highlife sounds

called 'Simigwa-Do'.

[Nii Ogbamey Tetteh|Ghanaweb]

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Back to top button