Ghanaian music Falling Apart Due to The Rise Of Dancehall and Reggae Music
Renowned sound engineer and producer, Zapp Mallet has lamented the lack of progress in the music industry.
Contrary to opinions that the industry is seeing a great amount of growth with a new crop of artistes injecting fresh ideas, Zapp Mallet feels that Ghanaian music is rather falling apart.
The man who has worked with musicians such as Tagoe Sisters, Daasebre Dwamena, Samini, Lord Kenya, Reggie Rockstone, Okyeame Kwame and Nana Quame, says Ghanaians have overly embraced Dancehall and Reggae music to the neglect of other genres.
“How can Dancehall or Reggae music take over Ghana? This practice has to stop because we are doing ourselves more harm than good. Now if you are a musician and you don’t do Dancehall or Reggae, then you can’t make it,” he said.
According to Zapp, Highlife music and musicians are the ones bearing the brunt of more people switching to Dancehall.
“Daasebre Dwamena, Daddy Lumba and Great Ampong and a few others released their albums and no one paid attention to them,” he said.
He also blamed radio stations and event organisers for adding to the problem, explaining that radio presenters refuse to play music from other genres while event organisers also go for young artistes, neglecting the older musicians.
Zapp Mallet insisted this trend of affairs has to stop.
He also spoke on sound engineering in Ghana. As an authority, Zapp Mallet believes only a few of those in the business deserve to be called sound engineers while the others should be called beat makers.
According to him, a sound engineer takes care of the technical aspect of music, taking into consideration mixing, mastering and making sure the song comes out well. To him, many of those out there now are not up to those tasks.
Over the years, Zapp has been recognised for his pace-setting work on several platforms. He is the only engineer to have won in that category for three consecutive years at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards: 1999, 2000 and 2001. He is recognised as one of the pioneers of the hiplife genre.
Zapp served on the Opening and Closing Ceremony Sub-Committee of the African Cup of Nations which Ghana hosted in 2008. He is a member of the planning and selection committee of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
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