Beware of the Kind of Music You Listen To - Kojo Antwi
11 March 2020
by Kojo Antwi
Veteran Ghanaian Highlife Musician, Kojo Antwi, has cautioned music lovers to be wary of the kind of music they support, listen and give attention to as according to him, music is a medicine that has a powerful effect on the wellbeing of people.
“The kind of music we download, the kind of music we play, the support and attention given to them help in sustaining that kind of music and they have effects on us. Music is medicine so be careful what you give attention to”, Kojo Antwi cautioned.
He also advised every music lover to choose music that comforts the soul. Mr Antwi gave the caution when he spoke as a panelist at a roundtable on “Sustaining a distinctive Ghanaian Musical Identity in a Globalised Musical Mix” at the University of Cape Coast (UCC).
The roundtable formed part of a 14-day Workshop and activities of the 6th biannual Sustainable Development Goals (SGD) Graduate School’s ‘Performing Sustainability’, Culture and Development in West Africa underway at UCC.
With over three decades of music experience, Mr Antwi expressed worry about the caliber and quality of music being produced in recent times saying, “most of our songs today have been reduced to singing about self and body”
He said urgent and pragmatic steps were needed to change the narrative but advised Ghanaian and African musicians to compose songs that would impact their communities positively.
“For me, my focus on creating a music is not awards but to impact my community. That is very important”, he stressed.
He implored all stakeholders to work towards preserving and sustaining the rich Ghanaian musical rhythms.