Rapper Sarkodie is of the opinion that late Ghanaian artiste Ebony inspired and empowered women with her songs.
He believes she was to a large extent misunderstood by people.
“the good thing is she is actually using that in a positive light. She is empowering women. She is using some of the music to inspire as well,” expressed Sarkodie to Akosua Konadu, host of Talk show ‘The Hard Truth.’
“..I think its art and it’s business. That’s her strategy and that’s what works for her. People tend to miss the message of what artistes stand for, what they are trying to do.”
Ebony died at the Bechem Government Hospital after the vehicle she was travelling in was involved in an accident.
Her friend, Franky Kuri, and a Military Man, Atsu Vondee, who is said to be her bodyguard on board a Jeep from Sunyani also died in the head-on collision with a VIP bus heading towards Sunyani from Kumasi.
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Ebony courted a lot of controversy with her actions and inactions.
Her dressing and stage performances especially was a sore point for critics, and some watchers of the music industry in Ghana.
In July 2017, her dad was forced to defend her daughter in an interview with Graphic Showbiz.
“I am supportive of anything my daughter does and anything she wears. I am not ashamed as a father, the truth is that, I choose what she wears and I bless her before she goes out to perform. Some Ghanaians are hypocrites and I am sorry but I am not one of them,” explained Mr. Kwarteng.
“I am not bothered at all. The reason is simple, I know my daughter than anyone else. What people see out there is what we want them to see and that is because she is an artiste and needs a brand that will sell. For God’s sake, she is a Dancehall artiste and she wears what will make her feel confident when performing on stage. Something that will depict the genre of music and songs she churns outs.”
He shared his thoughts on the the perception that his daughter is “bad” girl.
“My daughter is not a bad girl, she is very calm, loving and a respectful person. Whatever she does on stage ends there. She is a different person when she gets home.”
He also spoke about the relationship between himself and his “girl as I usually call her is close to my heart.”
“We are so close that I gave her the go ahead when she told me she wanted to do music. Initially I questioned her decision because, she is a very intelligent girl and was doing extremely well in school and every parent will want his or her child to get to the top of the highest academic ladder. But she insisted music was what she wanted to do. Music is where her heart is and I gave her my blessings. I couldn’t have stopped her because these children are smart.”
Born Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng, her song ‘Kupe’ helped her gain mainstream attention in the Ghanaian music industry.
She scored two nominations at the 2017 Ghana Music Awards: Dancehall Artiste of the Year and Best Reggae/ Dancehall Song of the Year .
Ebony was signed to Rufftown Records.