About a year ago, Ghana music was swept into the new wave of Twi drill music with the Asakaa music group as the frontliners of this movement. While the movement grew bigger than just songs like, Akatafo, Sore, Condemn, Ma drip, to mention a few, it became a regional agenda that stirred up a lot of conversations and controversies.
Although “nothing lasts forever” as it’s popularly known, some media men on huge platforms in Accra predicted doom for the movement. As if that was not enough, the inter-clique misunderstandings among the Kumasi Artists as well as some aficionados against those in Accra, made the movement a ticking time bomb. To top it all, Asakaa boys’ refusal to get involved with the usual ‘industry shenanigans’ put a target on their back.
Fast forward, the Asakaa movement and Twi drill have migrated heavily into Accra, but not as powerful as they use to be on the streets and on the airwaves. However in Kumasi, the movement is still solid and some Kumasi media personalities believe its still as big as it was. Whether or not it still is, will be a conversation for another day.
Like a wave that Asakaa music was, there seems to be a new wave on the Ghanaian music scene which crept all the way from South African music called Amapiano. Artist, like DBlack have already made a hit song with an Amapiano tune called Enjoyment minister:
Frontline Ghanaian artists, Stonebwoy has quickly jumped on this trend teaming up with one of the core artists in Amapiano music, Focalistic, in a hot Amapiano- Amponsah blended one called Ariba:
The women are not left out, Adina has a new one with Mr Jazziq called Shoulder where she beautifully blends the Amapiano sound with her flawless Fanti language:
Sefa is now out with an Amapiano banger featuring Sarkodie and DJ Tira:
Other young acts like Nautyca and Michy have put a party vibe on Amapiano sound called Okay:
Though few of the frontliners of the Ghanaian music have hoped on the trend it seems the clubs, and airwaves is getting flooded with Amapiano songs, leading the pack is Busisiwa and Naira Marley, Coming.
As though, that was not enough, Amapiano is has found it way in radio panel conversations where music plugs and connoisseur are invited to speak on whether or not Amapiano should be given a space in the Ghanaian award schemes:
This of course has caused a reaction from some Asakaa and Kumerica pioneers who believe that these conversations of Amapiano should not be entertained on Ghanaian platforms.
He also believes that Ghanaians did not rally behind the Asakaa movement wholeheartedly which is why it didn’t become as big as it was supposed to be.
My questions now are:
1. was there a plan behind the whole Kumerica movement?
2. could it have been bigger if the pioneers in the media and the Asakaa artists theme selves had opened up and embraced the help of the industry in Accra?
3. Would the movement have still been stronger if the front liners who have jumped on Amapiano did same for the twi drill sound?
4. Did Ghanaians find a way to kill theirs to chase other’s?
5. Or it was like a wave, it has passed?
Story by Tilly Akua Nipaa