‘Play 90% Of Ghanaian Songs’Okraku Mantey Advocates
If there is one gentle man in our arts industry who has decided to spend the whole of his life promoting and protecting the image of highlife music and music made in Ghana in general, then Mark Okraku Mantey of Slip Music Record label is the one and nobody else.
May be the very day Mark Okraku Mantey will refuse to talk about highlife music will be when he is old enough and lacks even the power to speak out as a human being, but we believe that as long as he lives, he will continue to talk about highlife music and music made in Ghana for only God knows when.
Some people including yours truly were so excited to have realized that Okraku Mantey is gradually becoming a reservoir of knowledge for the highlife music industry. When news came that veteran highlife musician Thomas Frimpong was dead, Mark as he is affectionately called by his friends was called upon to give listeners of Happy fm what can be described as an ‘autobiography’ of a sort on the dead Thomas Frimpong.
Delivering his statement as if he came with some notes to discuss the topics of the day, Okraku flawlessly delivered notes on the life of Thomas Frimpong and really, it was so refreshing as well as being highly educative. He chronicled happenings about the artiste as if he had lived and worked closely with him as a manager before. Unfortunately, that was not to be but for the love he has for the industry, he tries very well to keep things in order.
It was therefore on Showbiz Xtra that he (Mark) sent out this directive to all available entertainment platforms that it will be prudent that people on radio in Ghana will play at least 90% of songs produced in Ghana while playing just 10% of the foreign ones. Okraku Mantey maintained that doing this will help us brand and market our product to the outside world.
Earlier on the show, host Dr Cann was playing a song from Flava Nabania, a Nigerian singer who had been plying his trade here in Ghana as a foreign import some years ago. What is shocking is why some radio presenters in Ghana will decide to play songs made by foreigners at the expense of the Ghanaian music industry which needs to be supported by these radio djs. This has been the worry of music producer extra ordinaire and with one voice as Flex newspaper, we hope this directive will be accepted in good faith by all who matter on our airwaves.
‘I am not saying nobody should play foreign songs at all but what I mean is that we should play it with a certain percentage. At least 90% of our songs and then 10% of the foreign songs’ Mark Okraku Mantey noted on radio.
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