GHANAIAN ACTOR Bernard Aduse-Poku has disclosed that the Chief Executive Officer of EIB Network, Kwabena Anokye Adisi popularly called ‘Bola Ray’ is in talks with America’s Hot FM to promote Ghanaian songs.
He assured Ghanaian musicians to keep their fingers crossed as very soon they will start hearing their songs on American airwaves.
Speaking with Austine Woode on Ultimate Showbiz, he said something good will come out of the meeting held between Bola Ray, some entertainment gurus and management of Hot FM.
He said Nigerian artistes such as Davido, Wizkid and Tecno have taken the lead urging Ghanaian acts to network when they also travel outside the country to promote their music.
According to him, hardly would one hear Ghanaian songs being played on prime time radio in America but Nigerian songs enjoy airplay on daily basis.
‘Trust me very soon, we might start hearing Ghanaian songs on Hot FM, I’m going to say this your boss, Bola Ray was on a tour in America, with me and a couple of other guys we went to Hot FM, and Bola Ray had a very fruitful conversation with Hot 99.7FM people to push Ghanaian music. You need to network, if you don’t do that, I don’t know how this is going to work for us as Ghanaians. There are so many ways we can get our music out there,’ he said.
Mr Aduse-Poku who has stayed in the US for five years further encouraged Ghanaian artistes such as Shatta Wale, Becca, Samini, Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, Efya, Ebony to tap into the ideas of the Nigerian acts and not to be too comfortable in their zones.
He said the biggest African act after Wizkid and Davido is Mr Eazzy and not Sarkodie, Stonebwoy or the rest saying statistics are available for people to check.
He questioned the number of people who stream Sarkodie’s songs on Spotify, Apple music or Tidal saying Mr Eazzy is all over the place.
The Kumawood actor remarked that Mr Eazzy appeared and performed on James Godin’s show in America suggesting that Mr Eazzy could be a very good resource person for most Ghanaian artistes.
‘Nigerian musician Mr Eazzy will be a very good resource person for most Ghanaian artistes…That is our problem as Ghanaians nobody wants to tap into the ideas of their colleagues, because they see them as competitors they don’t want to tap from them. Listen his music is on almost every platform. You find Spanish people, Latinos listening to his music and singing along.
‘His songs are all over, he plays shows upon shows in New York. He did everything in Ghana, he never did it in Nigeria. So how did it work out for him?. Maybe its our attitudes, because he is of different blood, but then he did everything from Ghana,’ he said.
He described Zylofon music’s project as ‘amazing, fantastic’ advising its management to pump monies into brands of artistes they have signed on.
‘I’m hoping he (Nana Appiah Mensah) goes beyond Ghana to look out for people who can push Ghanaian music to the World,’ he expressed hope.
Mr Aduse-Poku charged Ghanaian artistes to dream above music nominations remarking that Ghanaian acts are better than Nigerians but the former lacks connections.