Dhat Gyal, the rising Ghanaian female dancehall performer, has made the startling claim that the current crop of musicians lacks lyrical potency.
Dhat Gyal claims that she grew up listening to renowned Highlife artists like Nana Ampadu and Obuoba J.A Adofo because of their lyrical power.
Dhat Gyal, who was addressing a question in line with the musicians she looked up to while growing up, stated in an exclusive interview on Atinka TV’s “JUKEBOX” entertainment show hosted by Nana Adwoa Annan:
“I don’t hold any artists in high regard… I used to listen to old performers like Obouba JA Adofo and Nana Ampadu when I was younger, but now that I am older, all of the contemporary artists I admire are not from Ghana,” Dhat Gyal said Nana Adwoa.
Dhat Gyal stated flatly that she does not look up to today’s performers, despite the fact that their songs attract her attention:
“Unlike the previous musicians, who I make songs using their words, I can’t choose anything from their songs to perform my own song…
We’ve messed up the whole thing….if you listen to ancient musicians, you’ll see that we don’t appreciate music enough.”
She went on to explain that when current musicians sing about love, they simply repeat the word (love) without defining what love is in the song.
She mentioned Samini, the multi-award-winning dancehall artist, Mugeez, legendary Highlife musician Kaakyire Kwame Appiah, and other veteran musicians as musicians with whom she would like to collaborate.