Stop telling old artistes to quit —Ded Buddy

By: Gifty Owusu-Amoah
Ded Buddy
R&B singer, Ded Buddy

VERY few artistes who have enjoyed fame are able to bounce back after their popularity wanes. And R&B singer, Ded Buddy believes it is even more frustrating for them when people keep telling them to quit because they cannot make it.

For Ded Buddy, it will do such artistes a lot of good to be cheered on rather than forced to quit since “their time has passed”.

Expressing his disappointment in a telephone conversation with Showbiz on Tuesday, the man whose smooth voice is well known spoke about how disheartening it is to hear comments for old artistes to stop doing what they love.

“Just imagine the stress and effort that goes into recording a song. You go to the studio for days to record a song, get publicity for it and while you expect to be motivated for what you are doing, people think your works shouldn’t be appreciated and recognised because you are an old artiste. Truly, it is not the best for old artistes to be told to quit music,” he said.

Born Eric Turkson, Ded Buddy came to attention in 1990 as a member of rap group Native Funk Lords (NFL), which also had Eddie Blay, Tiny Quaye and Jake as members.

His career really took off when he went solo and he had songs like Yebesa and also peformed on a number of platforms and shared the stage with international artistes such as Steve Wonder.

However, in the almost five years since Ded Buddy came back to the country to get his music back on track, he’s faced a lot of challenges which have hindered his success.

He told Showbiz that the practice of sidelining old artistes is putting a lot of creativity out of the spotlight.

“I’m very sure that if Michael Jackson were alive, he will still be touring the world with his music. Just look at Jay-Z and the number of years he’s been rapping but still America and the world still embrace his works.

“Today, we are hailing the young ones so do we expect an artiste like Sarkodie to quit rapping and music in some 10 years or more to come just because he’s been in the game for long?

“Of course not, but unfortunately this is what Ghana’s music industry has become and that must not be encouraged,” he said.

He is of the opinion that if old artistes could be honoured and celebrated often, the public would get to know their works and those who don’t know them will get to appreciate them too.

“Our main problem is that Ghanaians love the dead more than the living because we celebrate death than life.

“Why can’t we honour the person when alive to encourage the younger ones but celebrate them posthumously?” he queried.

Notwithstanding the challenges he is facing, Ded Buddy has released quite a number of songs since his return in 2013.

He set the year on a good note after releasing Adwoa in May and mentioned plans to come out with a new song later in the year.

Ded Buddy who is also known for songs such as Abofra Wisua, Mipe Wo Saa, So Gya, Ohemaa adopted Qwesi in 2013 as his new brand name.

After five years, Qwesi is yet to stick and the Favourite singer disclosed to Showbiz that he dropped it because his fans were more conversant with Ded Buddy.