Daniel Neeqyaue Kotey, member of defunct traditional music trio fame, Klala has stated that singing as a group does not work in Ghana.
Explaining the statement, he said, “ working as a group is tough and demanding because, everyone in the group is different and you will always have to come to one conclusion. This might also bring misunderstandings as everyone might have different thoughts concerning an issue”.
Talking to Doctar Cann on Happy 97.9 FM’s Ayekoo After Drive, he furthered, “If you take a look at the Bible, even God and Satan were a group and they separated. So in groups, anything can happen. Arguments are inevitable and it can end up destroying one party”.
The traditional musician is of the view that only people who do not believe in themselves will decide to be in a group.
Citing himself as an example he stated, “I wasn’t doing my best when I was in the group because we were all contributing to make one song. This limited my abilities and didn’t bring the best out of me because I was relying on my other group members”.
The musician shared that, he does music with a purpose and for his culture. “I want to promote traditional music and put Ghana on the map but, that might not be the aim of another musician”, he stated.
His advise to upcoming musicians was “do not form a group to do music, it will only limit your abilities. If you want to be a musician learn to depend on yourself.
“If you start alone and later decide to form a group, it’s better than starting as a group. Although it still does not bring the best in you, you will at least get to learn a thing or two from the others you’re in the group with”.
By: Gyamfuah Owusu-Ackom