Reggae and Dancehall musicians Epixode and Ras Kuku on Friday 29th August 2020 at the Grand Arena in Accra, both expressed their desire to see more categories for Reggae and Dancehall added to the nominations list at the annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. They both said that it was a necessity as the genre was indeed growing and deserved to be properly recognized on such a national platform. They said this in an exclusive interview with Shine Publications.
Reggae Dancehall artiste Epixode, explained the need for more categories with regards to the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. He even called for the separation of the award for Reggae Dancehall Artiste of the Year into two parts. “I am one of the people who always advocate for more categories for Reggae and Dancehall in the V.G.M.A, because if you look at what Reggae and Dancehall have done for the Ghana music industry, you would agree that it’s quite unfortunate that there are only two categories for it. I even think the award for ‘Reggae Dancehall Artiste of the Year’, should be separated in to ‘Reggae Artiste of the Year’ and ‘Dancehall Artiste of the Year’. This is because, there are musicians who do only Reggae and others who do only Dancehall”, he said.
Reggae artiste Ras Kuku added his voice in support of the need to increase the number of nominations for Reggae and Dancehall in the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. “Yeah, I feel the same way. I think we should have ‘Reggae and Dancehall Artiste of the Year’, ‘ Reggae Song of the Year’, and ‘Reggae Artiste of the Year’ and so on, because, currently, when you talk about music in Ghana, you can’t take away Reggae and Dancehall. We are the league, and so we need more positions for the players”, he said.
In Ghana, Reggae and Dancehall music continues to grow as Ghanaian Reggae and Dancehall artiste regularly fuse Ghanaian dialects with Reggae and Dancehall rythyms making it more relatable to music lovers in Ghana.
By Jerry Wonder