As the saying goes, if you try and you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t succeed, try again. Sometimes, you just have to try again and again and again. This is the story of Godfrey Allotey-Mensah aka Ahoney Man, a restaurant supervisor in his thirties who is determined to make a career out of his burning passion for music. In 2006, Ahoney man tried his luck with hiplife on his album Ã¢â‚¬ËœOtofoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ after two unsuccessful highlife album. This time he found relative success, and a style that seemed to work for him.
He recently finished working on a new album titled Ã¢â‚¬ËœAdee yiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and the title track is already enjoying some airtime on the various TV networks in Ghana. He sheds some light on his music and his latest album.
What kind of music do you do? I do hiplife but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m more into dancehall, African dancehall.
How long have you been doing it? For about 3-4 years now but I have been in the music industry for over ten years. It is about three years ago that I gained some recognition with my album, Ã¢â‚¬ËœOtofoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. We promoted the title track and it gained some recognition.
YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been in the industry all this while but havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t had a massive breakthrough. Why havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you given up?
The zeal is there. Music has been my passion since childhood and I have the dream that it will materialise. I am not going to give up until I hit the peak. Aside music I work at the Regal Restaurant in Osu as a supervisor. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been doing that for about 5 years.
There has been a lot of development in the industry; does your music fit into the trend?
The trend is changing and it is all good. People are taking the industry higher, according to happenings around the world. I think my music still has a place in the industry.
What is your new album like?
I have ten tracks and everything is done. But at the moment I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have a producer so I am hoping that somebody would come for it and finish it up for me. There are amazing songs like Ã¢â‚¬ËœWoman SweetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, Ã¢â‚¬ËœThat Thing featuring BatublazeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and several others.
What do you hope to achieve in the future with your album? I would like to take my music to the highest point as a career. I really like entertainment and if possible, I would like to be a producer with my own studio in the future. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be music throughout my live. Ghanaians should expect a lot from Ahoney Man, this is just the beginning.