Popular entertainment analysts, Mark Okraku and George Quaye have reacted to Kelvynboy’s call to organisers to create a category for ‘Afrobeats’ genre in music award schemes.
The Burniton Music Signee, in an interview on The Day Break Hitz show on HitzFM, urged music award show organizers in the country to include Afrobeat genre in their awards scheme
Kelvyn BoyKelvyn Boy noted that it is about time Afrobeats music stand alone, instead of it being merged with others because the genre has gained attention in the Ghana music industry
“We did Afrobeats 50 years back before Nigerians started. It got influenced by highlife and a lot of songs we jam to now, are Afrobeats songs. Imagine we don’t even have our own Afrobeats,” he told Andy Dosty.
Reacting to Kelvynboy’s comments, the Public Relations Officer of Charterhouse and Board member of the VGMA, Mark Okraku Mantey stated that Kelvynboy’s call has no case adding that they cannot include a genre which has not proved beyond all reasonable doubt that it can stand the test of time.
Mark Okraku Mantey’s believes Kelvyn Boy is embarking on this campaign for the singers own interest of winning an award.
George Quaye also stated that Afrobeats is already represented in the VGMAs which is the Afropop genre hence there cannot be two Afro genres in the scheme since they all mean the same thing.
According to the PRO, Afrobeats which was coined by Fela Kuti has Ghanaian elements in them and that is the same thing as Afropop which means African popular music.