Kumi Guitar Discloses Why He Fears for the Future of Ghanaian Artistes
6 October 2021
Photo Credit: Kumi Guitar/Instagram
By Naliaka Kitui
Talented Ghanaian Highlife Musician Kumi Guitar has expressed his fear for the future of Ghanaian artistes judging from the fate of the industry’s forerunners. He said that most veterans in the Ghanaian music industry have nothing to show for despite their legendary status.
He made this revelation during an interview with Happy 98.9 FM’s Docta Cann on the Showbiz Xtra show, where he contemplated quitting his music career for fear of uncertainty. He said that proper structures should be put in place within the music industry to ensure that artistes can enjoy the fruit of their labor in their retirement age.
“I fear for myself when I see the lives and living conditions of our old musicians. Some people say they didn’t live good and meaningful lives or refused to invest their monies but that is not right. If the systems are working, they can’t fall so low and be broke in their old age.”
With reference to the late Nana Ampadu, the Zylofon Music signee believes that the legendary act would not have suffered such a painful ending if the systems worked. “Nana Ampadu was still working but let’s look at how things were for him. This makes me fear for myself.”
He added that “Sometimes it gets hard and I ask myself if I should stop music or not. It gets hard sometimes. We have families and children we need to take care of.”
“Our legends are not being rewarded for their work done.”