Legendary singer and songwriter, Akosua Agyapong, says she does not fault some musicians who are into alcohol abuse.
According to the ‘Frema’ performer, such musicians are forced to take alcoholic beverages as morale-boosting for public appearances and stage performances.
She said many musicians believe taking the strong drinks will give them confident to perform in front of mammoth crowd.
Speaking on the Legends show with Agyemang Prempeh on TV XYZ on Sunday, Akosua Agyapong recounted how she objected to taking alcohol prior to a stage performance.
“My first time performing at [the] Art Centre, I was performing with a certain band. My mother was at the front seat. Many people thronged the auditorium. Over four thousand people. The band backing there was something in a bottle with a cup. When one drinks he passes to the other. They gave it to me and I asked what it is. I was told “Lady, there are many people out there. So, if you don’t drink you’ll feel shy [while performing]” I said, me Holy Child I performed in front of six thousand students. We had a program called —- Black Santa — students from Adisadel, Mfantsipim, Augustine, Westley Girls, Mfantsiman, [Ghana] National all gather. It’s a big program. Over six thousand students I was able to perform. I won’t feel shy so I didn’t drink it,” she recounted to Agyemang Prempeh.
Known formerly as Elizabeth Agyapong continued, “If I drank it some would be by me over here and I would’ve sipped it before the interview commerced. I told myself I won’t do it and I had a strong mother. My father died when I was young so my mother nurtured me.”
Akosua Agyapong noted that partaking in dancing competitions in the 1980s which saw her perform to enormous crowd helped her resist drinking the alcohol.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams/mypowerfmonline.com/Ghana/