Are you better at Dancehall than those who created it? Ambolley asks Shatta Wale

Shatta Wale’s assertion that he is the Dancehall King is a fallacy because he cannot be better than those who created it, says High life legend, Gyedu Blay Ambolley. “You...

Shatta Wale’s assertion that he is the Dancehall King is a fallacy because he cannot be better than those who created it, says High life legend, Gyedu Blay Ambolley.

“You sitting down here calling yourself Dancehall King, we know that the Dancehall was created in Jamaica. So are you a better king than those that created it, you who is an imitator,” explained Ambolley on 3 FM.

“because we are lot being real to ourselves. We don’t have anything that is of our origin coming from our side of this world. We are doing too much of a copy than becoming creative. That is the problem we have.”

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Gyedu-Blay Ambolley is a Ghanaian highlife musician, songwriter, producer, and composer. The first musician from Ghana to formally incorporate rap forms into local highlife rhythms, Ambolley created the musical genre Simigwa.

In June 2015 Ambolley received a citation in the USA from the City Council of Philadelphia, read by Council woman ; Honorable Jannie Blackwell and Hon. Stanley J. Staughter in recognition of the musician’s contributions to Ghanaian music in the USA.

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley was rather unknown outside of West Africa until Soundway Records included his seminal Simigwa-Do, which Ambolley released in 1973, on their first anthology, Ghana Soundz.

Ambolley’s sound has led many to label him the godfather of hiplife, the fusion of the hip hop and highlife idioms. Ambolley stood aside AL Threats at the Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles. Ambolley, Sammy Lartey and Ebo Taylor are the few musicians who envisioned a future for high-life music in the late 60s and early 70s and helped transform the genre fusing high-life, funk and jazz music.

Awards

  • Most Consistent Artist — Ghana (1980)
  • Album and Song of the Year — Ghana (1990)
  • Trend Music Awards — Ivory Coast (1997)
  • Africa-American History Award — MWEPC, Los Angeles, CA (2001)
  • Afrikan Music Award — Los Angeles, CA (2002)
  • Malcom X Music Festival Award — Los Angeles, CA (2002)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award — The Jazz at Drew from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, CA (2003)
  • Congressional, Gubernatorial Certificate of Special Recognition — Congresswoman Juanita Millinder McDonald (2003)
  • Best World Beat Recombinant Artist 2003 & Best World Beat Recombinant Artist 2003 L.A. Weekly nominated Ambolley for Best World Beat Recombinant Artist in 2003 and 2004

By: livefmghana.com/Ghana/91.9FM/

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