Ghanaian Highlife musician, Dada Kwaku Duah, known in the showbiz fraternity as Dada KD has asserted that Kumasi celebrities fade Into obscurity when they don’t relocate to Accra after attaining fame.
According to the veteran highlife musician, life becomes tough for those celebrities who fail to migrate from the Ashanti Region. However, they are forced to relocate to the nation’s largest city.
In a conversation with TV XYZ’s Agyemang Prempeh on the Legends show, the legendary singer said he incessantly advocates for Kumasi musicians to relocate to Accra.
Kumasi celebrities have reigned for years and continue to be the stars celebrated by many lovers of the creative arts industry.
Often, they migrate to Accra before they attain fame or leave the Garden City the moment they get their breakthrough in the showbiz industry.
Actors and musicians like the late Santo, Maame Serwaa, Tracey Boakye, Kwadwo Nkansah, Big Akwes, Strongman Burner, Okyeame Kwame, Nana Ama McBrown, and many others are classic examples.
Not only actors and musicians, radio presenters also follow suit. Captain Smart, Kaakyire Appea-Appreku, Kwame Minkah, DJ Candyman, Delay, Abeiku Santana, Andy Dosty, Lexis Bill, etc,
Asked about why celebrities from the Ashanti Region which is a typical traditional setting migrate to the heart of Ghana, the ‘Fatia Fata Nkrumah’ hitmaker said the attitude of the Kumasi people trigger such moves.
“All the challenge is our hometown Kumasi. A town built with Chiefs as the architects and with us all and our grandparents. We know our roots. If you come and misbehave in Kumasi they’ll show you your ancestral roots. It has affected our market everything,” he said in the interview monitored by mypowerfmonline.com.
In his view, the Kumasi people largely are unappreciative and do not patronize paid concerts in the city organized by locals.
“Knowing Dada KD from Nmurum to Ashtown and interacted with, I’ve become a musician and when I’m headlining a concert it should attract a lot of people but they’ll say “he’s our relative he came around recently” like joke like joke they will not throng the event centre. We give parts of the revenue generated from events back to the society.”
Known for singles like ‘Ohemaa Nyarko Sika’, ‘Odumgya’, ‘Boys Abre’, ‘Wosoro Me’, ‘Adufo De Pe’, ‘Sorry’, ‘Somu Gye’, ‘Ye Be Ye Yen Ho’, ‘Ene Menye’, Dada KD opined that most Kumasi-based actors and musicians are enduring poverty.
He said, “If you don’t move to Accra from Kumasi thinking we’ve migrated to a place called like no man’s land, here, journalists are more resounding. I’m not insinuating Kumasi journalists aren’t they are, we know ourselves. But it is, I can say [secular] musicians, actors, gospel [musicians] and others in Kumasi life is tough for them.”
He further cited a personal experience to buttress his point stating that Kumasi people retire talents prematurely.
“I always tell Flowking Stone if he’d move to Accra he will be crowned. If you stay in Kumasi you will be retired prematurely. They’d say we used to smoke weed. I’ve been a victim at +233. Everything looks odd when you return to your hometown after traveling. Imagine I was passing then a lad called me. He called me Kwaku. Anyone who calls me Kwaku really knows me. You sit with three ladies then you introduce me to them. Most of these young women don’t know me [personally] but they know my music. He asked them to greet Dada KD. Then one of the ladies was like “Is he the who played…” The man told them he used to send me on an errand to buy abitie (abetee) when I was young,” the veteran musician recounted.
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