The battle for supremacy in the music fraternity here in West Africa and Africa at large between Ghana and Nigeria over the last few years has been fierce and Ghanaians who thought they were international artistes after appearing on charts and performing at the O2 haven’t made it yet. Winner of 2018 VGMA Hip Hop Song of the year and BET Nominee, Kwesi Arthur has advised that his fellow countrymen who are into music do more than they have over the years.
Walk your talk – gaining international recognition means investing a lot in your craft to put you out there, often criticized for enjoying their comfort zones, most Ghanaian artistes feel they are on the top. It is obvious that most Ghanaian artistes who claim to be international acts perform to a group of Ghanaians abroad and they feel their songs have traveled abroad, forgetting they are performing to their own countrymen.
Fast rising Ghanaian, and GroundUp talisman, Kwesi Arthur has revealed that regardless of all the noise Ghanaian musicians make, the songs don’t travel outside Ghana.
According to the BET Nominee, Ghana music as well as the musicians are not internationally recognized as compared to our rivals – Nigerians. He stated that his short stay in LA at the just ended BET awards show exposed him to this blind fact.
“Ghana music is lost when making reference to international recognition comparably to Nigerian music. At LA during the BET awards, i found out that people don’t know us (Ghana music and the artistes), but the Nigerians are out there bro. I went to some joint in LA and I didn’t hear any Ghanaian song being played except some Nigerian tunes. Seriously, it is as if we are not doing music at all”
“Well, we have to keep on working hard as Ghanaian musicians.There’s more room for improvement but hardworking is the key”, Kwesi Arthur told Emcee Bebe on Cape 93.3 FM.