Artist manager and entertainment critic Lawrence Nana Asiamah Hanson otherwise known as Bulldog has responded to comments passed by legendary Ghanaian act Gyedu Blay Amboley on assertions that reggae/dancehall music can never win Ghana a Grammy.
The comment came at the back of false reports that BET Award winner Stonebwoy had been nominated at the 2017 Grammy Awards.
“Most Ghanaian musicians do not use our local beats in their music and as a result of that they do not exhibit our culture to the world. The only beat they use is what have been created by the Jamaicans meanwhile you expect to ravel shoulders with the creators. Is this possible?” He quizzed.
However, Bulldog is ready to “school” the old man a bit. In a post on Facebook, Bulldog stated;
“My own favourite rapper, the originator of rap in the world, my legend and grandfather of Ghana music. I beg ooo, you got it wrong this time.
Please open your eyes a little wider, highlife music has never and will never bring any international recognition to the Ghanaian music industry not to even mention a nomination.
Highlife music, if considered and that’s a big IF at the Grammy’s, will fall under the category “Grammy Award for Best World Music Album”
The highlife genre needs to resonate with Africans to get that required recognition across the world, even our highlife singles don’t cross over for it to be considered in any music awards scheme in Africa except Ghana.
Please embolden the young ones so when they grow they will pass on the same encouragement to posterity.
FYI “reggae and dancehall is not our thing” like you keep saying, is misinformation. Reggae music engendered right here in Africa and no where else, thus it’s acknowledgement and proclivity on the continent to ‘highlife music’ from Ghana.
Please take a critical and closer listen to your peers, the Kojo Antwi’s, Amakye Dede’s, Nana Acheampong’s, Lumba’s etc, all their biggest songs are reggae classics. Africa responds to reggae.
Some of Africa’s biggest musical exports are reggae heads like Kojo Antwi, Alpha Blondy, Lucky Dube etc.
Big ups to Rocky Dawuni for opening the flood gates to the Grammy’s… Stonebwoy, Black Prophet oya! Enter make we go….”