It is every fan’s wish to see their favourite artistes make strides beyond their own borders and that is usually possible for African artistes to have command over the English language as it is universally recognized.
Even though a hand-full of African musicians [such as the ‘Original’ rapper, Sarkodie] have achieved this feat without switching their language, it still remains a daunting task for others.
At worst, an artiste’s proficiency in the English language is questioned — Sarkodie is not a stranger to this.
Kofi Kinaata, one of Ghana’s prolific young songwriters does not see the need to switch languages to appeal to the ‘outside’ audience.
Speaking to Abeiku Santana on the “Ekwanso Dwodwoo” show on Okay FM, Kofi Kinaata sarcastically answered the host when a question on this subject popped up.
To the ’44 gig horror rapper,’ Michael Jackson did not sing in Fante to get the attention of Fantes and Ghanaians in general.
“Kofi, so far you have done a lot of songs but you do not have a single one in English. It makes people doubt that you can speak the language,” Abeiku asked.
In response, Kofi Kinaata answered with a rhetorical question “did Michael ever do his songs in Fante?”