Quarme Zaggy stirs controversy with Totofiifi

By: Gifty Owusu-Amoah
Quarme Zaggy controversy
Quarme Zaggy

As a player in the music industry, Highlife artiste, Quarme Zaggy is unhappy about going-ons in the industry.

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His displeasure mainly has to do with how some artistes are bestowing on themselves “unnecessary” titles.

And there is no better way to address his concerns than through song and he has done just that with his new track Totofiifi.

Released last month and produced by Skybeats, Quarme Zaggy, without mentioning names, sings that many artistes have set the standard for others to follow so it is annoying to hear some new folks giving themselves titles like “Highlife Lutherking” among others and calls on them to desist from that practice.

The mention of “Highlife Lutherking” has led to opinions that Zaggy is throwing shade at Kumi Guitar, who called himself that on his track, Dream. But speaking with Showbiz last Monday, the graduate of the Cape Coast Polytechnic said his song is not a response to any artiste but is to “right the wrongs” in the industry.

He noted that the young artistes giving themselves big titles may miss out on opportunities to be mentored by the veterans because of their posturing.

“I don’t have any problem with Kumi Guitar or any other artiste. As a musician, you need to address very relevant issues in a creative way. I’m happy my approach is getting attention,” he said.

Quarmy Zaggy released his debut album Nyankoton in 2011. Between then and now, his style has changed and the Kwadonto artiste says highlife is evolving and people must accept the changes.

“Highlife music was different in the days of Nana Ampadu, C.K. Mann, Ampofo Adjei and the older folks. There was another generation of Amakye Dede, Daddy Lumba, Kojo Antwi, Amandzeba and Rex Omar.

"In recent times, Kwabena Kwabena  Bisa Kdei and others have introduced their styles as well so we must embrace the different phases,” he stated.

Born Nana Kwame Ampah, Quarme Zaggy is the reigning Best Male Vocalist at the Central Music Awards. He was nominated for Best Highlife artiste at the 4Syte Music Awards in 2014.

Among the numerous songs he’s known for are Shake Shake, True Love, Just The Two Of Us, See Saw, Matede and My Desire.