Veteran Ghanaian musician, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, has accused the media of having a hand in the deteriorating Ghana’s musical heritage – Highlife.
He blamed the media for encouraging, especially, the young artistes to totally deviate from the foundation on which the entire Ghana music industry was built.
“The younger ones are doing dancehall and things like that and the media is hailing them. The radio stations, all of them are playing dancehall and things like that,” he said.
Mr Ambolley lamented that the neglect of the highlife genre by the new crop of acts is a big problem that should be looked into to create hope of salvaging its significance to not only the music industry but the country as a whole.
“The highlife that our elders left, the younger ones are not doing it. They are doing more dancehall, singing in patois, doing reggae and putting highlife behind,” he added.
He pleaded and called on industry players to unite to champion the highlife cause.
“One man cannot fight a dozen. We need to put our heads together. If we do not put our heads together as musicians, then we will face the same problems we are facing now,” he said.
Mr Ambolley reiterated highlife is not just Ghanaian but also a sense of pride and source of instant identification for the world.
“The media is helping music that comes out of our heritage to vanish, but it will not vanish anyway because highlife is the source of every music in the world, so it will never vanish.”