Breaking up with Choirmaster, not my idea; Big J finally opens up

Entertainment of Thursday, 29 January 2015



Praye Tietia, a former member of the Praye group has finally opened up about why the sensational hiplife group disintegrated about a year ago.

Speaking in an exclusive interview on “Let’s Talk Entertainment” a weekly entertainment show on Joy News TV, Praye Tietia disclosed that the break up was never his idea and that he was devastated when his other half, Choirmaster opted to go solo.

Cartel Big J has disputed media reports that their split was mutual. “I’m not here to apportion blames but to say what I think is right. It’s not what we are hearing on air that the breakup is consensual. As simply as I can say it, this is a brand we’ve built for ten years, a successful brand, an award-winning brand, and it’s not something you should throw away just like that. And it saddens my heart that my colleague decided to go his own way.”

Praye started as a three-man group – Praye Honehoo, (who now goes under the name Choirmaster) Praye Tietia and Praye Tenten. After Praye Tenten left the group, the two continued to work together.

The group won the Ghana Music Award for Best Hiplife Album in 2007. They also picked up a Kora Music Award for Best Group in West Africa as well as two Ghana Music Awards in 2006 namely: New Artiste of the Year and Hiplife Song of the Year.

The hiplife group named ‘Praye’ which means ‘broom,’ an indigenous symbol of unity in the Ghanaian community. The group began sinking in 2013. Some have linked the break-up to Praye Tietia’s relationship with Selly.

Praye Tietia, regretted the events leading to the break-up but said he does not have a problem with his former colleague, Choirmaster. But he was disappointed with the manner in which he went about it.

“I think he started his own thing before even informing me and the explanation he gave me was sketchy… I had to go to his house with some colleagues to actually go talk to him and find out what exactly the problem was”.

But to his dismay Choirmaster was certain on moving on as a solo artiste. He added, “I tried to even persuade him not to go solo but all to no avail. In the nutshell, the break-up was never my idea.”

Cartel Big J says he is now focused on releasing his first album. He says fans should look forward to the release of his new video featuring ‘Akwaba’ “Mafi Wo” on January 30.