Ghana’s Dancehall Strength Reduced – IWAN
Ghanaian dancehall artiste Abdul Razak Issahaku, popularly known as Iwan the Lyrical Gunshot says seventy to eighty perfect of songs in Ghana called dancehall have been diluted by musicians.
The musician believes he changed the face of dancehall as he penetrated the industry with the theme that defined an original dancehall artiste. He alleged that Samini, who had been in the industry long before he started, was singing diluted Hiplife and not dancehall as he claimed.
Commenting on the style of the 2015 VGMA artiste of the year Stonebwoy, Iwan says Stonebwoy has correctly defined his dancehall as afro dancehall which distinguishes him from the lot who according to him are into azonto, alkayida and the jamma kind of dancehall music.
Iwan refused to name the artistes he says are diluting dancehall but told Entertainment This Week host MzGee on Hitz Fm that the musician currently claiming to be in the genre would not be recognised as a dancehall artiste beyond the shores of Ghana since the songs do not carry the rhythms of original reggae/ ragga dancehall fromJamaica.
The dancehall artiste insists the musicians who are diluting dancehall music should find a new name for their genre of music since it is not original.
Iwan, known for his 2010 hit song ‘Who’s bad’ has since been off the music scene resulting in Graphic Showbiz naming him among musicians who have had ‘one time hits’.
Reacting to the publication by the entertainment newspaper, the reggae dancehall artiste faulted the music industry for dwelling on artistes who are perceived to be hot at particular points in time rather than artistes who are producing good music.
The Lyrical Gunshot who has a new song yet to hit the market – ‘God is Great’ – insists dancehall is not dead as is suggested by fellow musician and radio presenter Blackrasta. He says Black Rasta’s suggestion may have come from the people who believe commercialized dancehall comes from foul language.
Iwan believes commercial music should cut across all faiths like his track ‘Give thanks and praise’.