Award-winning reggae-dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy has responded to veteran highlife musician Gyedu-Blay Ambolley’s request that he quits dancehall and switch to highlife.
The CEO of Burniton Music Group believes that music is evolving, therefore, it’s advisable to follow that route.
Stonebwoy stated that he always represents his origin and culture in most of the songs he performs on big stages.
He further stated that his style is a combination of Afrobeats and dancehall, adding that he has not deviated at all in representing Ghana’s culture.
“I accept the submission from Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, he is a legend undoubtedly but I also believe that times are changing and music is evolving and our understanding is getting broader.
Our foundation is highlife and wherever I go I make people know that I am a Ewe boy from the Volta region. I have Ewe songs that I perform on big stages and I also speak other Ghanaian languages in some of my lyrics.
My style is the combination of Afrobeats and dancehall and I definitely see nothing wrong in being able to master a certain craft to where you are internationally accepted. Is English our fundamental language, is not?
Gyedu is not wrong in what he is trying to put across but I think our identity as Ghanaians, I have not deviated. I have rather been able to make sure that I have something to stand on to, to be able to represent Ghana”, Stonebwoy stated.
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This comes after Gyedu-Blay Ambolley advised Stonebwoy to quit dancehall and promote music from his origin which is the Volta region to sell his culture to the world.
The veteran musician also called out the young crop of musicians for recording meaningless songs that do not promote Ghana’s culture in any way.