Veteran Ghanaian Highlife musician Gyedu Blay Ambolley will not collaborate with any artiste even if he is offered a fortune, especially the young crops if they don’t meet his standards.
According to him, he has refused to collaborate with the young artiste because most of these new crops are doing what he calls ‘sharp sharp’ music which has a very short shelf life. However, he has built a good reputation and until such musicians appreciate and uphold the standard of preserving Ghana’s rich music legacy, he will continue to turn down their requests for collaborations.
In a conversation with Graphic Showbiz on Tuesday, September 12, Ambolley, who has been in the industry for over four decades, said most of the new crop of artistes preferred trends and instant satisfaction over creative integrity and cultural preservation.
Ambolley stated that her has received a lot of approaches by some of the young ones, they want him to endorse their work, but he decline because whatever work he puts his mark on has to be real music.
The ‘Simigwado’ hitmaker indicated it would do the young acts a lot of good if they placed importance on honing their skills rather than seeking shortcuts to stardom.
Ambolley, however, acknowledged that there are a few exceptional ones who have the potential to make a significant impact on our music industry and would not hesitate to groom and gladly open his doors to them for collaborations and endorsements.