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Music by definition is a vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.
For decades many artiste have been with the thoughts that changing from your mother tongue and articulation of more internationally accepted language is the stepping stone to fame. Like seriously?
Dear, awesome talent please stop deceiving yourself, for language is not the barrier to your fame outside your known territory. Ghana has recorded great Highlife legends known across the world with none of them using the so called internationally acclaimed language to get that far. Celebrated legends like Nana Ampadu, JA Adofo, Daddy Lumba, Amakye Dede etc are perfect case study.
In recent times, many have danced to Mafikizolo’s Khona, a song with not a single english word. Almost all the songs that has chopped Sarkodie the enviable successes is 99.01% recorded in akan and he doesn’t struggle to flow with it.
This is where I bring Edem into the picture, one of the most versatile and talented Ghanaian artiste raps in his native language, Ewe and though many non-Ewe’s, about 80% of population can hardly understand him but go crazy any he drops a song because it comes with a flow and he is original with his style.
I’m not by this saying making songs in other foreign language is not a welcomed creativity but a more fusion of what you are really made of with the foreign bits is a step in the right direction.
Remember the language you are eager to copy has its native doing music and you can never be better than the original.
I rest my case!