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I received Numerous threats after releasing ‘Wahala Dey’ – Epixode

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Award-winning Ghanaian Dancehall artiste, Theophilus Nii Arday Otoo, known professionally as Epixode has opened up about the challenges he faced after releasing his hit track ‘Wahala Dey.’

Speaking in a candid interview with Amelley Djosu on Joy Prime’s Celeb Biz, the versatile crooner disclosed that he received numerous threats following the song’s release. ‘Wahala Dey,’ which translates to “There’s Trouble” in English, addresses societal issues and challenges, making it a provocative piece.

According to him, the threats came from different quarters and were in the form of phone calls and physical attacks.bThe renowned musician further detailed that there were times he would be forced to abruptly end his stage performances because of the message the song conveyed.

Due to this, the ‘Atia’ hitmaker averred that he had to keep a low profile for his own safety as well as that of his family.

“When we dropped ‘Wahala Dey’, I was getting threats and phone calls. There were events that I’m on stage and they are asking me to stop performing so I had to lay low for awhile. Because I may be the one in front but the family may suffer for what I’m doing.

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” Even though it’s a lonely road to trot…Yes, I’ve lost a few things but also it has given me certain type of respect and power to be different from the rest of the artistes,” he noted.

It will be recalled that Epixode, in 2019 released ‘Wahala Dey’, which touches on the state of Ghana’s economy and other societal issues. The song, which made waves after it release questioned Ghana’s first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s popular statement, ‘Ghana, your beloved country is free forever’.

Epixode also used the song to speak about the sale of government contracts and celebrities living beyond their means due to societal pressure and hardships in the economy.

The 2021 VGMA Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year also condemned churches for becoming business centres, rues the missing Takoradi girls, among others, as well as bribery and corruption that is engulfing the nation.

Unfortunately, the messages the song put across did not go down well with some political actors who chose to threaten the motive of the singer

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Epixode went on to reveal that he has made some enemies and has even lost deals as a result of the song. However, he added that he is comforted to stand with ordinary people and speak truth to power.

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