Ghanaian radio personality and musician Enoch Nana Yaw Oduro Agyei, known by his stage name Trigmatic has said in an interview on e.TV Ghana’s ‘Late Nite Celebrity’ show that Ghana music has lost its identity.
‘’ I was on a panel at a music seminar with Zapp Mallet, I asked him what is the Ghanaian sound. He said it has been a debate for a long time. We used to have a sound but we lost it. If you hear soka you know where it is coming from. Reggae has evolved over the years but we know where it is coming from’’ he stated.
According to Trigmatic when one listens to Hip-hop you can decipher whether it is from West coast or East Coast. However, Ghana is trying to lay claim to Afropop but that is a Nigerian genre.
He further made a call to his fellow musicians to stick to the original Ghanaian Highlife and call it what it is.
‘’Kuami Eugene and the crop of new young Ghanaian musicians are doing well with the High-Life sound but they are calling it something else. We need to hold on to our High-life. Our folksongs, lullaby have all faded out,” he said.
He also stressed on the point that the new Generation of musicians chase hit and are therefore not making music.
Trigmatic first emerged on the musical scene when he won Vibe FM’s lyricist lounge. He also released a mixtape called ‘stain on cloth’. However, in 2010 he released his main album titled ‘Permanent stain’.
The album included hit singles ‘My Life’, ‘Mefri Ghana’ and ‘My Jolly’. The album recorded three nominations in the Gospel Music Awards and four nominations at the 4syte Music Video Awards. He has featured top African acts like Kel, Hakym da Dream and Mocheddah.
By: Bridget Mensah