President of the Creative Arts Council Mark Okraku Mantey has said the collaboration between American producer Teddy Riley and Highlife musician KiDi is a step in the right direction.
Teddy Riley in an interview on Hitz FM confirmed he was looking forward to working on new songs with the ‘Enjoyment’ hitmaker.
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In an interview with Hitz FM, Mr Okraku Mantey said Teddy Riley chose the right artiste to begin his features with.
According to him, KiDi by DNA is an RnB singer and that could help build their motivation to work with more African artistes.
Mark Okraku Mantey, President of the Creative Arts Council
“He (KiDi) is not a Highlife person he has learnt it over the years but his call is RnB and HipHop. So, the background with which Teddy Riley and his team are coming from, it is only right they get someone like KiDi(do collaborations with) so the motivation gets better.”
Teddy Riley and his friends Jack Knight and Jaz O, together with their team are set to visit Africa for a ‘Taste of Africa’ tour.
However, the tour was rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Okraku Mantey said that he was asked to be part of the board for ‘Taste of Africa’ tour – something he says could help build the industry.
Teddy Riley born Edward Theodore Riley is credited with the creation of the new jack swing as well as spearheading groups such as Guys and Blackstreet.
The 52-year-old singer, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist fused HipHop and R&B in his production work with artists such as Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Keith Sweat, Samantha Mumba, Doug E.Fresh, Heavy D & the Boyz among others.
Riley's consistency and drum ideas had some influence on modern-day R&B, which contained more samples and rapping segments as well as singing, a practice which in part was reminiscent of the Jackson family.
Along with Neo Soul style of singers such as Marvin Gaye, he has had a seminal influence on Gospel and R&B music, which became more open to using rap and sound effects in their recordings.