The dancehall music is not a new genre in Ghana. It’s been in with us for decades and most people danced t it years ago. I admit the passion and the zeal exhibited by the current generation are phenomenal.
But one thing is for sure, some artists nurtured to its current stage. Shatta Wale, Stownebwoy, Samini, Ebony Reigns, AJ, Kaakie, Mzvee and the rest of the beloved Dancehall artists are enjoying the sweat of some people who have been forgotten without due respect to their effort.
1. GENERAL MARCUS
When talking Dancehall in Ghana, you can never dismiss General Marcus, Never. He is a veteran whose massive contribution to the Dancehall/Reggae genre can’t be underestimated.
His fondest memory was when he hit the limelight with Ga version of Buju Banton’s song. In the mid – nineties, Dancehall was unknown and barely respected. Marcus gave it an identity.
2. TERRY BONCHAKA
One person I personally wish was around to witness how far the genre he and couple of others championed have reached and still rising higher is Terry Bonchaka. Terry was the man Shaggy refused to perform unless he shared the stage with him when he came to Ghana in 2001
Terry Bonchaka was a germ when is comes to Dancehall music. Although he was versatile with the microphone. He true calling with Dancehall/ Reggae.With his unique clothing and Dancing, Terry Bonchaka easily seduced people with his songs. May he Rest In Perfect Peace.
3. ROOT EYE
Kwasi Nyarko known in the show business as Root Eye is one phenomenal contributor to Dancehall Music in Ghana. He was very famous back in his day due to his unique style of infusing Jamaican rhythms in his raps. He got featured on major albums including that of Akyeame and Reggie Rockstone.
Root Eye is the current host of Tv3’s Music Music and also a presenter at 3FM. We salute him for his efforts.
4. YOGGY DOGGY
The Dancehall grand papa back in his day. He did well to make the genre attractive and artists like Sonni Bali and Samini followed his step.Yoggy Doggy was very phenomenal in his era.
If you love listening to C.J Lewis of Jamaica, whose unique voice was the subject of imitation from most of our artistes, then you will equally appreciate the immense quality of Yoggy Doggy. He was famous with huge followers too.
5. SONNI BALI
Sonnie was the man who discovered and introduced Samini to the Dancehall genre. Sonni Bali is relatively unknown in the music industry but that does take away the fact that he was such a great gem.
He initially started as a hiplife artiste before he metamorphosed into a full Dancehall artiste. He has really been influential. I wish he can bounce back sometime soon.