Highlife music icon, Amakye Dede has come under criticism since he endorsed Kuami Eugene as the new king of highlife at the 2019 edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
Calling Kuami Eugene his son, the veteran musician declared that he is confident in the young musician to hold the fort of highlife music. Amakye Dede said he thought highlife was dead. According to him, Kuami Eugene, who was awarded the ‘Highlife Artiste of the Year’, had proven to him that highlife is not dead.
“You are my son” he called Kuami Eugene as he handed him a crown on stage after their performance at the awards. ”I am giving this to you that you are coming to raise highlife music,”
“From my heart, from God, I support you Kuami,” the veteran musician prayed.
The gesture was met with mixed feelings from both the general public and industry players. Latest to add his voice is musician, Hamattan. According to the singer, He does better highlife music than Kuami Eugene.
“As much as I respect the achievements of Amakye Dede, I think he goofed by crowning Kuami Eugene as the new face of highlife music. Kuami lacks originality, and most of his songs are not real highlife even. Some of us can do the real highlife and we need to be heard too.”
Hamattan is currently promoting a new single, ‘Ose W’Gyaame’ that has seen many Ghanaian personalities such as Nana Aba Anamoah sharing on social media and hailing him as the next big thing.
Afropop artist, Hamattan (real name Bernard Lawson) has been doing music for well over 15 years. The singer and songwriter started performing on Adom FM’s popular rap battle show, ‘Kasahare Levels’ alongside the likes of Sarkodie, Guru, Yaa Pono, Stonebwoy.