Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas has always in various interviews revealed that he was a huge fan of Reggae music and that he gets most of his inspirations from listening to reggae songs.
The world-renowned investigative journalist has for the first time shared his view about the Ghanaian music industry and has spoken about dancehall Shatta Wale “beef” with his fellow colleagues in the industry.
Anas who was speaking at the maiden launch of Politics and Power Magazine when asked what he thinks about beefs in the industry stated that he loved the “beefs” in the music industry and wished to wake up in the morning to hear about one artiste fighting the other.
“Oh well —to be honest, I love the beefs. I don’t have any side. I love to get up in the morning and hear that Sarkodie is fighting with M.anifest. It’s just lovely. Because, knowing Sarkodie and knowing M.anifest, they won’t pick knives.
It is just the beauty of our country. When you wake up and you hear Wale and Stonebwoy, and Wale and Samini, it is beautiful. Because I know no matter what you say Wale is, he will never take a knife to stab Samini. Samini will definitely not say ‘I’m killing my brother Wale,’ neither will Stonebwoy do that. Let’s keep people talking.
Let’s keep people saying whatever they want to say, but at the end of the day, we are brothers. We will all push the frontiers of our democracy. There are places that I can reach that Shatta Wale will never reach. There are places that Shatta Wale will reach I will spend 100 hundred years but will never reach. We all have our unique strengths. The most important thing is to create a synergy between these energies to push the frontiers together.
That is why I was so happy when, in the wake of #Number12, there was a musical concert. Sometimes we should just pause and look at the other beautiful things about life, and remind ourselves that at the end of the day, you will die —so you don’t carry certain things to great ends —that ‘my aim is to kill.’ I’m saying that all of us who make the noise out there—at the end of the day, it’s the same food we eat, it’s the same people we are with. It’s just the disagreement in ideology—and if it comes to music, the disagreement is about who is a star and who is not.
Apart from that, when it is Sarkodie’s wedding, we will all go. When Shatta Wale decides to marry Michy, we will go. Such is life, and in spite of our busy schedules, we should make time for these things because they shape us as a people”