Legendary Ghanaian Highlife singer, Kwadwo Akwaboah Senior, father of young promising musician of our time, Kwabena Akwaboah (or Akwaboah for short), has disclosed that he has a number of songs he wishes to release but he has no funds to do so.
In an exclusive interview on the ‘After Hours’ show on TV3, Kwadwo Akwaboah Senior talked about his growing up and music journey till he lost his sight – making him halt on music for some years now. Host Mikki Osei Berko, advised the ‘Awerekyekyere’ hit-maker to continue releasing songs and music videos, but he lamentably replied, “Who is there to help me! It’s all money!”
When asked if the musicians union of Ghana MUSIGA has been of help (financially) to him, he refused to give a yes or no for a reply. “…Ohh Masa! I can’t tell whether MUSIGA is working or not. You call Obour and ask him….”
Interesting, the host suggested to Kwadwo Akwaboah Senior to seek financial help from his son, Akwaboah, who is currently signed unto ‘You Know Say Money No Be Problem’ verbose rapper, Sarkodie’s record label, Sarkcess Music – he retorted, “He’s a kid. He’s young! I don’t have to worry him with that! No. Never!”
As fate would have it, Kwadwo Akwaboah Senior has lost his sight – both eyes. Though he did not want to recount how it all happened ( 12 years ago) due to the sad memories it brings, he managed to share.
“When I was traveling abroad it [eyes] wasn’t like that. The reason for my travel to Holland was to procure my own musical instruments. I decided to travel to Holland to procure my own instruments to aid in my recording.
“Indeed I was able to secure those materials. I even used that to record Nicholas Omane Acheampong’s Zaphenath Paneah. I used my own studio materials to record it. But it was when I was away that the eye problems began. It began with my left eye. So I had to end whatever I was doing abroad to return to Ghana.
“Upon my return, I relied on my right eye to work but it happened that I woke up one day and realized that the right eye was also gone,” Akwaboah explained.
Akwaboah Snr also revealed that he plays a significant role in the music career of his son Kwabena Akwaboah Jnr, who was named after his grandfather, the legendary Kwabena Akwaboah.
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