Ghana has no dancehall king and those calling themselves dancehall kings should put a stop to it, the management of one of Ghana’s upcoming dancehall artistes, Larry Yusif Rahman, aka Larry Lizzard, declared yesterday.
The management in a statement argued that in Ghana today, ‘no artiste can come out boldly to say that he or she is the best among others’ adding that those calling themselves kings and queens of dancehall were only engaging in some propaganda to attract attention.
‘We were shocked when we heard that the two artistes, Samini and Shatta Wale are at each other’s throat for some time now, just because one claims to be better than the other, they are all fighting for dancehall king. They should stop deceiving themselves and music fans because they are not dance hall kings as they claim,’ it added
A source close to Larry’s management team also told BEATWAVES that when it comes to good dancehall music then, dancehall music fans should ignore the noise being made by Shatta Wale and others because dancehall artistes like Stonebwoy, AK Songstress, Larry Lizzard, among others, were better than Shatta.
‘I think Samini and Shatta Wale are two musicians who have lost sight of who they are and the subject of their focus in the music industry and most importantly the role they have to play in the society.’
According to him, the two artistes should be ashamed of themselves because they simply were like adults in pampers not knowing what to do if they have to urinate. ‘They should stop behaving like school children,’ he added.
He disclosed that for over five years or so, a dancehall artiste like Larry Lizzard had been seriously working behind closed doors on its 10-track album which, according to him, had all what it takes to meet the demands of music fans. He added that Larry had already recorded two good music videos in South Africa which has attracted the attention of a large number of music lovers.
He told BEATWAVES that Larry Lizzard, who does both hiplife and dancehall music was not new on the music scene and had been groomed by professionals who see him as a force to reckon with sooner or later.
‘We are doing a serious job as professionals. We will not take ungodly comments and statements to have effects on us. Larry is a brand and it is our duty to protect the brand,’ he said
He was optimistic that Larry’s style of play, coupled with the fact that most of his songs were fused with soul-touching rhythms, would take him places.
Most of the songs on the album are mid-tempo with funky beats and the instrumentation as well as the backing vocalists makes the songs unique to meet the demand of music fans in Ghana and beyond.
Larry’s contribution to the music industry in Ghana would undoubtedly add to the rich repertoire of musical collections that the country already has. He promises his fans, ‘it is a promise I will keep; expect a great piece of musical work.’
By George Clifford Owusu ([email protected])
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