Not under pressure to release hit songs - Akwaboah

BY: Kofi Duah
Highlife musician Akwaboah says he is under no pressure to release hit songs
Akwaboah

When it comes to good music, Highlife musician Akwaboah cannot be ignored, but he will easily skip your mind when you are talking about A List musicians in Ghana and that is because he is not in our faces all the time.

However, the musician is not worried that he is not at the top of people’s list. He told Graphic Showbiz that he was not in competition with any musician and not being in the public eye all the time allowed him room to release quality songs.

According to Akwaboah, releasing songs back to back just to help keep an artiste’s name out there did not guarantee sustainability.

“I don’t rush to release songs because I want to take my time and get it right. So many musicians made hits but in just a short time, they were nowhere to be found. I don’t want to be that kind of artiste. I am not under any pressure to release hit songs and anytime I drop something new, Ghanaians just love it.
 
“It is always not the best to keep releasing hit after hit. Ghanaians are some way and if they decide not to pay attention to you again, there is nothing you will do to impress them. I prefer to stay this way for the next 15 years than to do hit after hit songs and be forgotten in a year or two,” he told Graphic Showbiz recently.

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Akwaboah explained that back in the day, it took some of our legends three or more years between albums, but today most musicians were rushing to be heard.

“Our legends were not releasing songs anyhow because they needed time to promote songs on their albums, but that cannot be said today. An artiste is just around for two years and he has 20 songs already. Amakye Dede, Daddy Lumba and other great musicians I know of did not do that,” he said.

Asked what his thoughts would be if anyone compared him to the likes of Kuami Eugene, KiDi or King Promise, Akwaboah said that would be disrespectful because he could not compare himself to Ofori Amponsah or Kwabena Kwabena.

“That comparison should not be encouraged in Ghana because every artiste has his or her time. I cannot say I am better than artistes I grew up listening to. I was a judge during the time when Kuami Eugene was on MTN Hitmaker, so how can anyone just compare the two of us? That is not done,” he said.

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Asked whether he believed he had been celebrated enough, Akwaboah said the kind of personalities who came to his concerts was enough proof that Ghanaians appreciated his works.

Known for songs such as Nsroma, I Do Love You, Hye Me Bo, Posti Me among others, Akwaboah said he was planning to release his new album next month.