Ghana music not at a standstill; creativity cannot be forced – Appietus

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Appietus, born Appiah Dankwah, has argued against the notion that Ghanaian music has come to a standstill because musicians do not release music every chance they get.

“You cannot say the whole machinery has come to a halt because some artists have not released [new] songs,” he stated.

The musician and record producer spoke to Summy Brown on Accra 100.5 FM’s after-drive program, Akwaaba.

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“All around the world, artists don’t release music every day of the year, is that not so?” he asked, citing: “Beyonce, for instance, does not release new music every day. After releasing an album, she’ll wait a while before releasing another or a new single.”

He bemoaned the “ignorance” of entertainment journalists and pundits who go after musicians for seemingly delaying in releasing music.

He asserted the creation of music takes “a process,” adding creativity cannot be forced.

“It takes hard work and if they rush to put out a song, they will again be mocked for releasing a song of poor quality,” he noted.

He said, just like fruits, artists and their music “have their unique season”.

“It’s going to be exhausting if an artiste releases music all year round,” Appietus worried.

The legendary sound engineer said musicians plan out their year and must be given the space to follow said plans.

When an artiste’s schedule is managed haphazardly, “their health may even fail them,” he noted.

Appietus has produced multiple hits with Highlife and Hiplife greats like Daddy Lumba, Sarkodie, Praye, 5Five, etc.

 

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