Give Reggae artists more slots on radio and television – Ras Kuuku
Ghanaian award-winning reggae artist Jonas Kojo Kurankye known as Ras Kuuku is appealing to the electronic media to promote the reggae genre of music by giving them more airtime.
The 2020 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) Reggae Artiste of the Year lauded the media for promoting reggae artistes like Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Samini, and others but encouraged the media to do more by showcasing other upcoming reggae artists to the world.
According to him, the genre is not given much attention in Ghana and he feels Reggae music speaks about positive things.
In an interview monitored by The Ghana Report on Graphic Showbiz, the ‘Nwansina’ hitmaker said if the media is able to give slots to budding reggae artists, it will encourage other musicians to do more reggae songs.
He also advocated a special award scheme for reggae artists in Ghana which he believes will be a very good initiative to protect the legacy of reggae music.
“We only have a few slots in our award schemes and I want to plead with awards organizers to give us more. The media can also help project Reggae music by giving us good airtime on TV and radio”.
“The likes of Stonebwoy, Samini, Shatta Wale have gotten the recognition outside the country but we can project more artistes if we give the genre more attention here,” he said.
“I would want another organisation to come up with an award scheme to honour Reggae musicians. Bass Awards did its best but it was short-lived. I will be happy if another entity comes up with a similar event to honour us”, he added.
Ras Kuuku is known for songs like Nwansina, 33&1, Ghetto Youth, Wo, Me Mpeabo, Kwame Nkrumah, I Love You, Mr. Government among others.