Veteran Ghanaian highlife musician, Gyedu Blay Ambolley has urged respected Ghanaian dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy to make good use of his Ewe language in his songs, instead of writing songs in Jamaican Patoa.
According to Ambolley, the move could help save local Ghanaian music from dilution and a takeover by foreign genres.
Speaking recently in a media interview, the highlife musician insisted that young Ghanaian artistes must learn to write good songs in their own local language, and stop copying blindly from other foreign cultures. “Stonebwoy is an Ewe boy, he has to use music from his tribe, Stonebwoy is singing more Jamaican Patoa than his own local language,”Ambolley lamented. The Ghanaian dancehall artiste recently made media headlines for being fluent in Patoa to the pint that Jamaicans were unable to differentiate whether he is one of them or a Ghanaian when he performed in that country.
However, Gyedu Blay Ambolley was disappointed Stonebwoy cannot boast of a single song in his mother tongue, Ewe. He, therefore, questioned why the artiste will leave Ghana to follow Jamaicans, who have their culture. “It’s the Jamaicans that came out with that, our brothers that were sent away to the other side of the world, they came with that Patoa, it’s their identification, they took them away from Africa. Africa is the source. So why is it that you have to leave the source and follow the branch,” Ambolley expressed worry. The celebrated musician in his frustrations added that it is totally wrong for up-and-coming artists to neglect their origins to follow foreign culture.