Veteran Ghanaian artist Gyedu Blay Ambolley, who is no stranger to making controversial statements, has opined that Tinny and Sarkodie can not be described as musicians.
Ambolley, who insists that he’s the father of rap in Ghana and the world, said on Class Fm that the two hugely successful stars cannot be described as musicians.
In Ambolley’s estimation, a musician is someone who is able to put sounds together and create a message out of it for people to enjoy.
According to him, those two can best be described as rappers but the word musician does not apply to them.
“Many a time, I see the media calling Sarkodie a musician or calling Tinny a musician, no, they are rappers, they are not musicians,” he said.
“Musicians are people who are able to put sounds together and allow it to make sense for people to enjoy it,” he continued.
“..People who call themselves musicians, they have to go back to the drawing board. They have to go back to school to learn how to play instruments.
“There are some people who can compose music, the idea will come, and a melodic idea will also emerge, so, they will meet somebody and sing it to him, but they cannot arrange the music, they cannot say: ‘Guitar, you play that side or trumpet play this side’; they cannot do that, so, that person only becomes a composer but not a musician,” he added.