Burniton Music signee, Kelvyn Boy, is urging industry players to create a category for the Afrobeat genre in award schemes.
According to him, the Afrobeats genre birthed by Hilife, is climbing fast in the music space and needs to be stand alone as an award category instead of being joined with others.
The ‘Mea’ hitmaker said Ghanaians are not championing enough for the fruits of Ghana’s Hilife genre.
Speaking on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM on Friday, the ‘Ginger’ hitmaker, who released his ‘T.I.M.E’ album later in June, urged musicians to uphold the hilife legacy.
The artiste, born Kelvin Brown, believes music pundits do not have hilife at heart if the biggest award scheme, Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA’s) does not include Afrobeats as a category.
This is not the first time Kelvyn Boy is demanding Afrobeat be made a category in award schemes. He first made the call while performing at the 9th edition of the Ghana Meets Naija concert.
The ‘Ginger’ artiste explained at the event that people are fighting over Dancehall and Hip-hop and forget Afrobeat, which is African originated.
Kelvyn Boy added if the awards schemes do not have a category for something that is ours “we are lost as an industry and as a nation.”
“We did Afrobeats 50 years back before Nigerians started. It got influenced by hilife and a lot of songs we jam to now, are Afrobeats songs. Imagine we don’t even have our own Afrobeats,” he told Andy Dosty host of Daybreak Hitz.
He added, Ghanaians should not wait for other countries to carry the genre like Nigerians have done before they own up to it.
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