My letter to Ghanaians
I always tell my friends Reggae is bigger in Ghana than Nigeria. I have been playing songs from I-wan, Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale since 2012. No bad blood, no envy…. I m even enjoying a new guy called Jupiter.
And even long before now, as a student in the University, I bought TicTac’s album. Bolee’s “You may kiss your bride” was an anthem. Even though Nigerians don’t understand the Ghanaian language, everybody enjoys Sarkodie.
So there’s no hating. However, the feeling and respect should be mutual. There’s a video on YouTube where some Ghanaians charged into a radio station in Ghana demanding that they stop playing Nigerian songs. That’s not cool.
Even though I personally believe Stonebwoy is better than Patoranking, Stonebwoy has no right to outrightly declare himself no.1 in Africa…. Many artistes are no. 1 in their own different ways depending on the parameter you judge with Patoranking could call himself no. 1 because of his record deal with the biggest reggae label in the world VP Records Stonebwoy has duets with Jamaican super stars Patoranking also has duets with Elephantman, Busy Signal, Konshens etc Patoranking’s album G.O.E made it to Top 10 on the billboard Reggae charts while Stonebwoy has never achieved that.
I m talking facts that you can easily verify. Yes Stonebwoy won BET in 2015 but we r now in 2017. He is more hardcore and better than Pato but shouldn’t boldly claim no. 1 Again plz… Patoranking did not pick up his reggae inspiration from Ghana There are other very good Dancehall artistes in the continent….
Matter of fact, when it comes to stage presence and energy, Winky D from Zimbabwe should be no. 1 There is A-pass from Uganda and the guy is super good The best one drop roots reggae act from Africa as far as I am concerned is Lyricson from Guinea… he’s not Ghanaian Plus Patoranking is not even the best Dancehall artiste in Nigeria, he is just the most successful at the moment.
The likes of Rymzo and General Pype are better in terms of true Dancehall delivery. Have you guys heard of B’clean? He is another Nigerian Dancehall artiste and his style is Jamaican compliant. All I’m trying to say is that the Dancehall fraternity in Ghana shouldn’t be ignorant of the fact that artistes are making waves elsewhere in the continent