Legendary songwriter and music composer, George Jahraa has heaped praises on 2019’s Black Entertainment Television (BET) ‘Best International Flow Act’ Michael Owusu Addo popularly known as Sarkodie for his lyrical and musical dexterity.
In an exclusive interview on Pure FM (June 4, 2020) with Hammer Nti on ‘Hammer Time’, the ‘Asekele’ hit maker in naming his best contemporary musical acts named rapper Okyeame Kwame second to Sarkodie, describing Sarkodie as a brilliant artist with intense adroitness in music composition.
He explained that Sarkodie has a peerless tonal expression, hits bars and points accurately and has a vocal cord that matches his rap.
Asked if he is considering partnering with him in the future for song projects, the ace musician [George Jahraa] stated that he works best as a solo artist but if it becomes necessary in the future, he wouldn’t mind featuring him or Okyeame Kwame on his projects as they are his best musical acts.
Known for hit songs like “Driver Banza”, “Sradenam” and “Asekele”, George Jahraa became very popular when he released his first album “Driver Banza” in 1990 which was a hit album with six tracks including “Sanukade.”
In 1993 he again shook the music scene when his second album, “Awaree-nika-boka” came off the CD presses. Another song on the album which caught the imagination of the population was “Barka-da Salla”. Around 1999 he released Alanga-Adjoa which contained eight songs and since went low for some time and in 2004 re-emerged with “Asekele” which was also a hit.
George Jahraa (stage name) was born in Tamale the 1960s and named Kwame Ekumfi-Ameyaw. He schooled at Aburi in the Eastern Region, continued and Navrongo Secondary School where he obtained his GCE ‘O’ Level. He did his Sixth Form at the Dormaa Ahenkro Secondary School in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
George Jahraa after Sixth Form did his national service at the Garrison Educational Unit in Kumasi before entering into the music field.
Asked how he got into music, he said “while in Primary School, I came into contact with George Darko very first class guitarist and Adomako Nyamekye a very good singer whose performance aroused my interest in music. Then after my national service, I fell in the hands of Apostle (Dr) Kwadwo Safo, head and founder of the Kristo Asafo Mission.
Apostle Safo, a very good musician and a very good composer enlisted me into his church band and that was where and how I begun learning music as a career.”
Touching on the music industry, George was not happy with the way musicians are paid their royalties. He also criticized the nature of contemporary songs and revealed that, it lacked true representation of our roots and musical cords.
Source: |Hammertimegh.com| Evans Osei-Bonsu | 2020|.