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It is senseless to try sounding like Nigerian musicians-Richie Rich slams Ghanaian musicians

Written by  Aug 04, 2018
Ghanaian highlife musician, Richie Rich, has called on Ghanaian musicians to stop copying Nigerian musicians and rather try and sound original. He disclosed that Nigerian musicians are remaking the old highlife tunes from Ghana because they see them as great works but Ghanaian musicians are trying to sound like Nigerians, a situation he described as senseless. He said, Nigerians are trying to add their afro-beats to our old songs and yet, Ghanaians are stealing from them. He was speaking to Prince Kwesi Dadzie aka Mr Handsome on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm. The musician also told the host he had to lay back for a while because he was embarking on other activities. According to him, his long absence from the scene offered him an opportunity to learn and he has returned for good. Highlife musician he stated is expensive because it takes time and any artiste who would want to invest in highlife music, should have enough resources. For him, one cannot depend on music and survive and due to that, artistes should find other avenues to make money so they will not live as paupers. The musician who is now the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Centric Systems Ghana Limited- a company that deals in automated doors said he realised he could not survive on music alone so he had to travel to South Africa to seek greener pastures. ‘’You cannot depend on music alone and survive. You have to find other means of making money or you will regret. That is why I had to travel and find something else to do so I will be able to survive,’’ he added. He refuted claims he has resigned as a musician adding, ‘’I will continue to professionally do music until death.’’ The musician underscored the need for highlife musicians to be creative and be proud of their Ghanaian heritage. He has released his latest track tiled, ‘Akukomi’ and currently preparing to release an album this year. Richie released his own album ‘Akwaakwa’ in 2011 and has also done several Radio and TV commercials, which include the Obaapa, tomatoes commercial for TV and radio, Obaapa mackerel song, Pusher song (Odwo) and Joy Daddy song using (Yentie Obiaa by Daddy Lumba). Richie performed with Czar at the Accra International Conference Centre in 2006 at the December to Remember show. He also performed with Ofori Amponsah and Friends at the National Theater. Richie performed ‘Akwaakwa’ on the stage of Ghana Most Beautiful 2012 and has equally performed with various live bands. He can virtually take any highlife or African song and sing it like his own.
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