Reggie needs to account for the state of Hiplife – Barima Sidney

Hiplife artiste, Barima Sydney

Hiplife artiste, Barima Sydney, has said all questions about the state of Hiplife in the country should be redirected to the ‘Grandpapa’ of Hiplife, Reggie Rockstone.

The debate about whether Hiplife music in the country is slowly phasing-out has been endless in the Ghanaian entertainment scene  as many have said the re-emergence of other genres including Dancehall, Afrobeats, Hiphop, Highlife among others have rendered Hiplife music irrelevant.

Speaking in an interview with JoyNews’ MzGee, Barima Sidney when asked about the state of Hiplife in Ghana directed all such queries to the pioneer of Hiplife, Reggie Rockstone.

He said: “Ask Reggie. I mean we are all doing World music now. When we started we said we were doing Hiphop, that’s what we were doing. But now when you go to other countries they are doing same. It was Hiphop before Hiplife. What we were doing was Hiphop but we decided to blend in a bit of Highlife to it and called it Hiplife. But now we are doing Afrobeats, Afropop which I call world music because every dance music to me is world music.

The ‘Apuskeleke’ hitmaker expressed disappointment over how Ghanaian musicians were unable to improve upon Hiplife and properly redefine it. 

“I wish by now we would have moved from the 1996 kind of Hiplife to another level where we would really define it. Because it got to appoint that we couldn’t even define Hiplife. So we failed one way or another when we are talking about hiplife. Because we all diverted to do other things and I wished we had stayed on our course of combining Hiphop with Highlife” he said.

Known for ruffling feathers with his political songs, Barima Sidney disclosed he will release a song titled ‘State of Affairs’ on March 6, 2019 which will touch on happenings on the political scene.


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