Ghanaian hiplife artiste, Odartei Milla Lamptey, known by stage name Gasmilla has opened up on why he chose to do and represent azonto music both locally and internationally and has said that he feels azonto music was the way for Ghana music to be recognized internationally.
He said this in an interview with Andy Dosty on Hitz Fm on Thursday.
As monitored by ghlinks.com.gh, the Telemo hit maker said he had to deal with a lot of backlashes from people who knew how he loved to do hip-pop music simply because he started doing azonto music. He said he was even given the tag ‘azonto artiste’ simply because of the path he chose.
To him, he felt azonto music would have sold Ghanaian music very well to the international market because it was unique to Ghana. He added that the Nigerians even saw that opportunity when we Ghanaians failed to see it. “I was fighting for azonto music because I felt azonto was the way for us to hit the international market. Nigerians saw that. We Ghanaians didn’t.”
Elaborating further, he said azonto music was worth considering as a genre of music in Ghana if an international news agency like the BBC could come all the way to Ghana to feature him in a documentary to talk about azonto. He felt it was already penetrating the global market and just needed attention and consideration.
Touching on why Ghanaians have dropped azonto, he said it is because Ghanaians feel they are too creative and as such don’t settle for one thing. He added that unity was a big problem in the music industry because other countries such as Nigeria choose one thing and do it, unlike Ghana.