Renowned sound engineer and music producer Daniel Bassey popularly known as Basseymix says Gospel musicians in the country do more high life songs than the secular musicians but don’t get nominated in high life categories during music awards.
The award-winning sound engineer and producer told KB Nkansah of Taabea TV that most of the songs these gospel musicians do are basically reggae or high life songs but they never get nominated into reggae and high life categories except the secular ones during music awards
Basseymix said the instrumentation and rhythms of songs determines whether a song is high life, reggae or otherwise but not the lyrics or message on the rhythm or instrumentation.
“I have produced a lot of reggae and high life tunes but have never got nominated into any of these categories. Highlife music is not a secular genre as perceived by the awards scheme organizers and should try and make amends because gospel is not a genre of music.”
Daniel Bassey encouraged music producer to do more Ghanaian music than foreign ones because that is our music and one of the identities of the country.
“We should use our local instrumentation to produce music so we can maintain our culture for generations to come.”
There has been a lot of controversy around how songs are categorized in the music awards schemes in Ghana, especially the Ghana Music Awards. Last year Shatta Wale’s Level song got nominated as a high life song which raised a lot of questions about the credibility of the famous award scheme in Ghana.