Why Okyeame Kwame’s ‘Made In Ghana’ Should Not Be Ignored During The Year of Return

If you’ve not travelled abroad before or have not interacted with a lot of foreigners, then you would probably not understand what music means in selling out a country.

Currently, I’ve been in Russia’s city of Belgorod for a month for a year abroad studies and live in society or hostel full of foreign nationals from a wide range of nationalities namely; Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Ecuador, China, Haiti, Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco just to mention few.

One question I never forget to ask when interacting with them is, ‘Which African artiste or music do you know?’ and the answers I keep getting are quite disheartening. The first country that’s comes into mind firstly is always Nigeria and artistes such as Davido, Wizkid and Burna Boy are always getting the mentions.

I visited an Afro Latino Night Club here one weekend to monitor this same scenario and throughout the night between 11pm to 5am, the only Ghanaian songs I heard there were just THREE(3). Definitely Fuse ODG’s ‘Antenna’, Magnom’s ‘My Baby’ and MzVee’s ‘Sing My Name’ remix which features Patoranking.

I kept thinking to myself and asking questions as to why this is the norm. But I found out one thing I think could be the antidote or probably help curb this situation a little, push a Ghana-made product to the throats of foreigners this December (Year of Return).

If we are to do this and get the maximum outcome then our choice should be solid and that’s why I choose Okyeame Kwame’s ‘Made in Ghana’ album. An album that features at least one artiste from all the regions in the country.

Artistes such as KiDi, Kuami Eugene, Feli Nuna, Naomi & Oko, Ayesem, Fancy Gadam, Wiyaala and many others is a great tool to set this agenda with. By doing this, it means at least every region will be represented, we would not end up promoting one part of Ghana leaving the other side behind.

Okyeame Kwame as an artiste has proved beyond reasonable doubts in the past few years that he is a master of versatility and using this album will bring us more advantages than disadvantages.

A word to the wise ………..

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Kwesilive has been a media enthusiast since childhood. He is also an entertainment critic, writer and a Radio show host. His media career began in 2009 when he featured on 'Nhyira FM's' 'Kiddie Sports' before volunteering for kumasionline.net, Sweet Melodies FM and Radio Univers.

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