President John Dramani Mahama has stated that highlife legend Kwadwo Antwi, is one of his favorite Ghanaian musicians.
President Mahama made the revelation in an interview on Uniiq FM, as part of the International Youth Day being celebrated worldwide on Wednesday August 12.
Giving his overview of the Ghanaian music industry, the President noted that he relates more with the old highlife legends and their songs, which are original and proudly Ghanaian.
In mentioning a list of the old highlife musicians, he pointed out the likes of K.K. Kabobo, Jedu Blay Ambulley and several others, but noted that Kwadwo Antwi was his favorite.
Regardless of his love for the old highlife genre, the President also revealed in the interview that he had a taste for contemporary highlife and hip-life music.
He gave recognition to the likes of VIP now VVIP, the separated duo Wutah, and Stonebwuoy amongst others, as some of the artistes whose songs he had paid attention to, and said they were doing well.
He specifically singled out Stonebwuoy’s Baafira as one of the songs he personally enjoys.
The President said the music industry was growing stronger and pledged Government’s support to sustain the growth and propel it to higher heights.
The President encouraged the local media to limit their taste for foreign music and rather promote locally made songs.
“I think Ghanaians are taking to our music and a lot of our young people are taking to our music. There’s been an influx/invasion of Nigerian music. Competition is good and so when Nigerian music comes in, it kind of inspires and encourages our own artistes to also up their game and so I think that is good. We listen to a lot of Nigerian music and Ghanaian music too. We must aim for a fair balance in terms of foreign music and local music. Foreign music is good…I don’t we should overplay foreign at the expense of our local music,” he added.