Revealed: Joey B is no ‘Tonga’

BY: Kofi Duah

Perhaps, critics would not have bothered themselves so much expressing their angst over the supposed risqué meaning of Joey B’s Tonga song if they had known that the rapper himself cannot rap a lady no matter how beautiful she appears to him.

Joey B’s “incapacity” that he would rather prefer to keep personal, is the fact that he finds it very difficult chatting up a lady for fear of being bounced. 

According to the Tonga hit-maker, anytime he meets a lady he admires, he goes “chicken” and prays that the lady should rather approach and make the first move on him.

“I have met a number of beautiful ladies I wish I dated them but I allowed them go because I did’t want to be the first to approach them. Sometimes when I’m alone, I cry within myself over why I am not able to approach ladies”, Joey B told Showbiz on Tuesday. 

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Explaining why he will never approach a lady, Joey B said he cannot imagine a lady “flexing” him. For this reason, I prefer to admire the ladies but not to approach them. Some ladies have said all sorts of things about me but this is how I have been since a teenager”, he said.

Talking about his kind of lady, Joey B, real name, Darryl Bannerman-Martin, said he prefers an average size lady with natural looks.  “I don’t like women who put on excessive make-up or artificial hair. I like simple and natural ladies.”

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Even though Joey B claims he is romantic and caring, he failed to comment when he was asked whether his ex-girl friends were the first to make the approach on him.

Apart from Tonga, Joey B who won New Artiste of the Year at the VGMA this year is known for other songs such as Strawberry Ginger, Cigarette and Benedicta.

Born to Mr. Samuel Bannerman-Martin and Madam Bridget Amoateng, Joey B came to limelight when Black Avenue Muzik boss and rapper, D-Black, featured him on his hit song Oh Vera.

He had his primary education from St. Theresa’s school and later went to Accra High Senior High School. He graduated at Zenith College  two years ago.