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Philemon: From China with songs

BY: Kofi Duah / Graphic Showbiz / Ghana

It is said that hard work pays so it is not surprising that, Ishmael Philemon Ackon, a Ghanaian-born gospel musician based in China is doing well with his music.

On the wings of his 2013 debut album M'Asan Aba, the gospel musician has won two awards: Best Artiste of the Year (Asia) at the African Gospel Music Awards in the United Kingdom  and Best Collaboration (with OJ)  at the last Ghana Gospel Industry Awards organised by Adom FM  with his Me Nse Sa Da song.

Bro Philemon’s music is gaining ground in China and that enabled him to play not less than 10 shows there last year.

“Though I speak Chinese fluently, some of my songs are in Fanti but they are still loved by my hosts and that proves to me that I’m not doing badly. I continue to say that language is not a major barrier in music but rather how well you  structure the song and sing it,” Bro Philemon says.

“Music is my life. It is all I think about and cannot do without it.  I’m determined to take it as far as I can,” the 35 year-old singer told Showbiz.

Bro. Philemon is currently putting finishing touches to his second album. He states that not many Ghanaians know his music though he is doing well outside of our shores. He would therefore be embarking on a nationwide tour soon for fans to have a real feel of him.

“We are almost set for the tour and we promise everybody that it would be exciting.  I trust we will achieve our main aim of getting more people to know me and my music by the end of the tour,” said Bro. Philemon

An old student of St. John’s Secondary School in Sekondi in the Western Region, Bro Philemon studied music at the  University College of Education at Winneba. He also majored in Theatre Management at the University of Ghana, Legon.