Being a celebrity obviously comes with a lot of social respect and status. It takes a whole lot to earn the description of a celebrity and in our part of the world, it’s somehow difficult to describe who a celebrity really is.
Hi-life musician Akwesi Poku, known in showbiz as Kwaisey Pee has a whole different definition of who a celebrity is and doesn’t think any Ghanaian can be described as a celebrity.
In an interview with Accra based Hitz Fm on Thursday, the veteran musician emphasized that Ghana does not have a celebrity. He said to be called a celebrity means you should own certain goodies in life that makes your life very comfortable and worth celebrating. He concluded that per what he sees in this country, no one comes into that category. “Ghana there’s no celebrity here. We don’t have what it takes. Do they own lamborghinis and Ferraris? Do they have a private jet? There are certain things you need to own before we can call you that.”
The Mehia Odo hit maker told KMJ of Daybreak Hitz that he doesn’t like to be called a celebrity because he has travelled the length and breadth of the world and has realized he doesn’t fit that description, adding that same can be said about Ghanaians. “I don’t like being called a celebrity. I am Kwaisey Pee.”
As monitored by ghlinks.com.gh, the hi-life musician said he never took a break from music but has been around working. He said he was born into a music family and therefore does music as a regular thing. When asked if his father’s style of music affected and shaped him since his dad was a hi-life music legend, he gladly answered yes and said he learnt a lot from his dad and a couple of old folks in the game like Pat Thomas, Kojo Antwi and the likes.
Describing his similar voice traces with legendary Kojo Antwi, he said he gets lots of people telling him he copies from Kojo Antwi, something he isn’t ashamed of because Kojo Antwi is an impactful musician. He however asked people to end the comparison and respect him for who he is. “Some people say I copy him, but in this world, there are twins. Maybe he’s supposed to come first. Lol! I don’t get offended when people compare me to Kojo Antwi because he is a great musician.”
On the issue of the current trend of hi-life music, the veteran musician took a yes and no stand with respect to his satisfaction of how far the music genre is going. Defending why he chose a yes, he said he likes the fact that young hi-life artistes are changing the face of hi-life music. On why he chose a no, he said the young hi-life artistes are changing the originality that comes with the genre. He added that they are copying from the Nigerians when the Nigerians originally stole hi-life from Ghana, something he doesn’t understand.