In a recent interview with Graphic Showbiz at the Labadi Beach Hotel, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley said the new crop of musicians were not learning from the veterans and that’s why their songs and stage performances were not the best.
“In my time, I learnt from the best musicians and made sure I got everything right before doing music professionally but that is not what is happening today.
“The new crop of musicians are not learning from some of us and it is so sad; they enter the studio and the next minute, they are out with a song.
“Now anyone at all is a musician because of a computer fine-tuning voices to sound good. There is no proper stagecraft because musicians lately don’t learn anything,” he said.
He explained that he is always improving on his stagecraft by learning from others and clocking a lot of rehearsal hours. “I can perform for hours without getting tired because of constant rehearsals and adding new styles to the things I do on stage,” he said.
According to Ambolley, many of the veteran musicians, including himself, are there to teach the young ones if they approach them, but they don’t come for tips and music lessons that will help them as well as their career.
He also advised the new crop of musicians to do authentic Highlife music because it is the only genre that represents Ghana.