Entertainment of Thursday, 7 April 2011
Legendary hi-Life musician, Kwabena Kwakye Kabobo popularly known in his hay days as K.K. Kabobo has said Ghanaian music of today lose their effervescence too early.
Speaking on Day Break Hitz on Hitz FM Monday, K.K. Kabob, now Apostle K.K. Kabobo expressed worry at the current situation where ‘musicians’ only aim at producing hit songs that do not last for long. “As for the hit, you can just come and hit within one week but the posterity, how do we get the posterity, how do you play a song in 1989 and now people still enjoy it as if it was recorded yesterday? That is what we want now; the posterity is not in our music now.”
The Nyatse Nyatse man said most of these so-called musicians today, “do not play musical instruments, they are not singers, they just talk and they call it kasahari and it's very dangerous."
He further stated that, "a musician is someone who plays musical instruments and also sings but if you are not a singer and you are not an instrument player and you call yourself a musician, that's where the problem comes [from]." “If you don’t play any instrument and if you don’t sing and you just want to use the kasahari alone, then you are not a musician,” he intimated, stressing he does not have any problem with kasahari only that, as far as he is concerned those who do kasahari are poets and not musicians.
K.K. Kabobo said as much as the industry may be growing today, several factors are hampering its growth including piracy which he said has taken different dimensions. He therefore called on the copyright administration to develop measures to curb it.
He cautioned and advised upcoming musicians to take steps to have a fair knowledge of the industry before venturing into it. “The musicians themselves, those who are coming into the business; they have to know the legalities, the limitations and other things in the business before they indulge themselves in [it],” he advised.
Explaining further that, “most of the musicians go in there without even contracts. Some think the producer or the executive producer is helping them and that is one thing that is very bad.” “There should be a contract and then, they should learn the copyright system as to who owns what – the album is mine, you are the executive producer, and there are so many rights in the album or the song that is coming out,” he admonished.
His song, Onyame Ehuwo was adjudged song of the year in 1992 and it also recorded the highest number of records sold in Ghana that same year. He has nine albums to his credit and is expected to drop his tenth soon. K.K. Kabobo is currently the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) Welfare Officer and also a board member of the copyright management team.
He taught as a pupil teacher for two years before starting life as a musician – He established his first band, Explosive Jets, in 1978. In 1981, he dropped his first album which had the smash hit, Nyatse Nyatse (Girl). The 51 year old musician said he currently has eight kids and says, “If God says I should have more, I don’t have any option. If God tells me charley, you need more; I don’t have anything to say.”
His dexterity on the intruments ensured that he backed artistes such as, Nana Kwame Ampadu, Akosua Agyapong, Kofi Sammy and Dr. Paa Bobo