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Ghana’s Music Will Sell More If We Document It Well – Epixode

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Ghanaian raggae dancehall musician and creative director, Theophilus Nii Arday Otoo, popularly known as Epixode, has highlighted a possible solution to marketing Ghanaian music across the world.

During his recent disclosure, he stated that if the rhythm and sound of the songs written by both veterans and new school artistes are properly documented, Ghana’s music will experience a massive improvement.

The talented musician attributed his statement to the recent sampling of Ghanaian music by some international musicians.

Epixode is of the opinion these international musicians manage to get away with it because Ghana has had inadequate record of songs since time immemorial.

He made this disclosure in a recent interview on Joy Prime’s Prime Morning with Roselyn Feli.

“They sample our songs every time. Like recently I heard a chronics on a Rock Stone’s rhythm, and I was like, Really?” But we don’t have a room to keep these catalogues to also help the next generation know that this is what makes our sound… well, we’re getting there if we document it well,” he said.

Though Epixode is a widely recognized reggae dancehall artiste, he recently hopped into Ghana’s indigenous music genre, highlife, by doing a rendition of his song ‘Atia’ with Kwabena Kwabena and other music musicians with other genres as well.

However, the highlife rendition made a higher impact than the other genres and his creative efforts got him a nomination in the Vodafone Ghana Music Award’s highlife song of the year category.

This gives him the impression that highlife music is the most important sound for the country’s creative industry in the future.

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“I look at the longevity of my craft and who I want to be, and I’ve come to the realisation that it will get to a time when highlife will rule. It’s the sound of the future” he revealed.

“So if some melodies can’t go into reggae or dancehall, even if you watched the international market in Jamaica, they’re not doing straight dancehall; they’re even now tapping into the afro sound. We that we have it here, why don’t we do it more?” the singer quizzed.

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