Nigerian-born Afrobeat artiste, Mr Eazi has reiterated the huge role Ghanaian sound played in shaping and helping his music career flourish.
The musician noted that he has become a global phenomenon because of Ghanaian music.
In January this year, a tweet by the ‘Skin Tight’ hit singer emphasising Ghana’s influence on Nigerian music generated a huge debate with many rebuking him.
He said, “Ghana’s influence on present day “Naija Sound” cannot be over emphasized!!!”. That did not go down well with most Nigerians.
Bringing closure to the issue, Mr Eazi, born Oluwatosin Oluwole Ajibade, told KMJ in an interview on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM that he only tweeted what he felt.
“I am all about saying how I feel. Everything is an experience, so if I feel some way, I [will] not want to shy about it. I say how I feel and when I notice things I like to say it because I feel like beyond the music…As an influencer and as a thought leader, when you notice something, you are supposed to speak about it,” he said.
Mr Eazi explained that, “I noticed that in fact, Ghana music was on the rise. Ghanaian music has always been great. You could go back in the day and list legends. Nigerian music has [also] been great…I recorded my first ever music in Kumasi…my music started to blow up in Ghana, in some circles and then it crossed over to London and then Nigeria.”
“So, seeing somebody who started from Ghana and by December last year in Nigeria at least you couldn’t put on the TV for five minutes without seeing [a song by] Mr Eazi or you couldn’t listen to Nigerian radio for 10 minutes without listening to [a song or two] by Mr Eazi,” the ‘Leg Over’ added to buttress his point.
He believes that with all these facts, it “shows you that a sound that started out in Ghana had come and it was ruling.”
Meanwhile, the the musician said he never apologised for the tweet. “I didn’t apologise. I just said I’m sorry if you misinterpreted me. I didn’t say I’m sorry for my statement because my statement remains my statement. I don’t go back on my statement and I’ve not deleted that tweet.”
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