Entertainment of Thursday, 24 January 2013
Okyeame Kwame is one of the greatest artistes Ghana has produced. Right from the time he was part of Akyeame till the time he went on to become a solo artiste, Okyeame Kwame has been doing so well on the music scene.
Some years back, he won the Artiste of the Year Award as well as other awards at the Ghana Music Awards.
In fact, he is still winning more awards. He is one artiste who sees music as a serious business and as such took time to study at KNUST .This step of improving himself is really evident in the kind of songs he does nowadays. “Faithful” and “Sika” are typical examples.
So far as music is what earns him cash to be able to take care of his family, Okyeame Kwame does his best to ensure he is always up to the task.
Evident of how improved he has become, he staged the Versatile Show to market how talented he is in diverse ways. The show was one of a difference and I am sure many other artistes would take a cue from him and be a bit serious about what they do.
It is without doubt that Okyeame Kwame is talented but I am a bit worried about some things. Most artistes always talk about ‘’going international’’ and surprisingly all they do is to feature some other big artistes from other countries even though they do not take concrete steps to ensure that their works are distributed by top distributors in Europe and other parts of the world who can make the dream of “going international” a reality.
In as much as Okyeame Kwame also talks about ’’going international’’ how many big artistes from other countries has he been able to feature on any of his albums? Does he have any agreement with an international distributing company that ensures that his works are available in most parts of the world? Is it a case that he is comfortable with his status as a star in Ghana and so he is not bothered he is unknown in other countries?
Okyeame Kwame was a known star long before Sakordie came onto the music scene but just within a few years, see the impact that Sakordie has made. As to whether Okyeame Kwame can match up to Sakordie or not, I would talk about it on a different platform.
Sakordie has been able to feature more international artistes on his songs and has also been featured on these international artistes’ songs much more than Okyeame Kwame.Strangely enough, I am finding it very difficult to figure out any international artiste Okyeame Kwame has featured on any of his songs. It is based on these that I ask if Okyeame Kwame is really serious.
To make matters worse, I saw an update by Okyeame Kwame on his Facebook Wall asking his fans which artistes to feature on his next single. It is true that artistes sing for their fans but I also believe that an artiste who is really serious about what he does, should be able to figure out the next line of action to be taken in order to get desired results.
It`s a well known fact that Okyeame Kwame talks about having his music move beyond the shores of Ghana and Africa but what would his reaction be if most of his fans settle on other artistes who are not even recognized in Ghana and do not have the acumen to help him to fulfill his dream?
I sincerely believe Okyeame Kwame has a competent team in place. He should consult with his team on the next step he should take in his music career rather than putting up updates on Facebook for people who do not have any competence in music to take decisions for him. Maybe, he can consult the teams handling Sakordie and D Black.
Okyeame Kwame should be known internationally and the time to act is now; enough of the talking. Closely, I would be watching Okyeame Kwame and based on my observations, I would decide to put my “diabolic” pen to work again. I rest my case.