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The emergence of afrobeat has arguably overshadowed other genres of Ghanaian music.
While some are of the view that hiplife, one key genre of Ghana music is gradually wading off, as a result of this evolution, others assert that it is still active.
One industry person who has added his voice to this debate is the Grandpapa of hiplife music Reggie Rockstone.
According to the revered rapper, hiplife which is the rap music in Ghana by Ghanaians is not dead, but it is under the radar.
He made this known in a Q&A session on Twitter when a fan posed this question to him.
“NOPE JUS A NATURAL EVOLUTION AND BECOS ALL ARE AFRICAN IT ALL BECOMES SEAMLESS! (Hip Life Is Not Dead. It’s Under The Radar. The Hip Hop Beat Structure And The Highlife Rhythm Cadence Lyrically Or Percussive-Wise Is Hella Ghanaian Very Powerful And Respected)35,” he said.
When asked whether afrobeat is from Ghana and ought to be patented, he replied:
“AFROBEAT HAS ITS ROOTS AND ORIGINS EXACTLY FROM WHERE THE TERM “AFRO” COMES FROM! A SLANG FOR AFRICA! IT COMES FROM AFRICA BY AFRICANS! UNCLE FELA IS AS AFRICAN AS YAW ASANTE! HE CAME TO GH MUCH AND SUM BAND MEMBERS WERE GH! PANAFRICAN TO THE BONE!”
Reggie Rockstone is noted for pioneering the hiplife movement and art in Ghana, in 1994.
Source: Yaw Sarpong | eFocusLive.com