Entertainment of Monday, 9 March 2015
Source: Albert Benefo Buabeng – Radio Univers
In the wake of the recent controversy surrounding the categorization of VVIP’s “Selfie” in this year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA), it has emerged that the song is an afro pop music and not hiphop as Reggie Rockstone claims.
The VGMA board may as well have gotten it wrong categorizing the song as hiplife.
Producer of the song, DJ Breezy in an interview with Abrantepa on Radio Univers’ mid-morning show, Brunch2Lunch revealed that though the song has more hiphop elements and a bit of local elements, it is more of afro pop than any of the aforementioned genres.
The Black Avenue signed producer who was reluctant in voicing out the genre of music “Selfie” belonged to stated that, “If you listen to ‘Selfie’, the intro has a hiphop element in it. If I am making a hip pop beat, I don’t just make hiphop. I do that which people can dance to. Reggie does hiphop and VIP (Zeal and Prodigal) is more into hiplife; I wanted to fuse the two so the group will feel comfortable on it. I don’t know how you will categorize it”.
When pushed further, he indicated that, “If you won’t put it in hiphop category, then maybe it has to be categorized as afro pop. If Reggie says they should have categorized it as hiphop but they say it’s not, then it is afro pop; not hiplife. I didn’t use much of our local instruments in it. But because it makes people dance, they think it’s hiplife but… The song I will consider as hiplife is ‘personal person’”.