Reggae To Take Over Azonto
EMMANUEL FIIFI Botchway, known in the creative industry as Fiifi Selah, one of Ghana’s growing reggae artistes and the Programmes Manager of Pluzz 89.9 FM, has indicated that Reggae is the next big thing to happen to Ghana despite the fact that Azonto has taken over the country.
In an interview with The Heritage Entertainment Crew, he revealed that he is happy right now because “most of the Jamaican Reggae artistes are looking in to Africa, especially Ghana to host programmes and perform here but technically, I think our promoters and event organizers need to go the extra mile by getting correct equipment and goo PA systems for shows.”
He explained that recognition of shows hosted these event organizers is needed and therefore will have to work harder to organize more good shows.
From his point of view on whether ‘Azonto’ is a dance move or a music genre, he noted that it has a part of it as a dance just like ‘kworgoo’ dance and another as a music genre since it cannot be described as Hip life and has rather been defined, and “unlike hip life which is fused with rap in highlife beat, ‘Azonto’ comes with rap in a high tempo beat and not the hip life beat we know.”
According to Fiifi Selah, ‘Azonto is a music genre that has come to stay like the way Reggie Rockstone’s trend of music, Hip life, came to stay to add up to Highlife and Hip hop and as it is “Azonto was already there, where lots of DJs play fast tempo beat though it is a normal thing to make it another trend of music.
He indicated that fortunately, Sarkodie has branded it with his song, ‘U go kill me’ and other songs by different artistes which is shipping across Ghana and it won’t fade now or ever but for why it was not included in the nomination list for the VGMA, “I think they have their own good reasons.”
Formerly of TH4Kwagees group, Fiifi Selah indicated that the group is working underground on collaborating but for now he is through with a single titled ‘Digital Rasta’ which will be released sometime in the second quarter of this year in Takoradi.
He noted that he has another song which is ready for download on fv proms, a Tema –based website, adding that his single has four additional bonus tracks titled ‘missed calls’, ‘Bonboklat’, ‘Saatchi’, and ‘no love’.
He has featured on such songs as ‘stole my heart’ by Dasebre Dwamena and ‘Santrofi’ by Nana Fynn among others.
This was published on January 18, 2012 in The Heritage Newspaper.