For every Shatta Wale or Stonebwoy in Ghanaian music, there are 100 other artists who never made it into the limelight. And for every Samini and Sarkodie, there are also a few artists who were once the ‘ish’ but then became irrelevant after having their 15 minutes of fame in the limelight.
One of these is Kontihene, who was a big name back in the day but has since become as irrelevant as a third nipple.
Back in the day, the ‘Aketesia’ hitmaker was a huge influence on another artist who went on the become bigger than him, Kwabena Kwabena.
The two appeared together on Kwabena Kwabena’s breakout single ‘Aso’, which cemented the singer as one of the premier singers in the industry. Kwabena Kwabena never looked back from there whilst Kontihene became a nobody.
Kontihene claims he spent a lot of his time and energy those days to promote Kwabena Kwabena whilst he put his own career on pause and that is why his career went down the toilet.
Speaking on Daybreak Hitz, Kontihene said he thought he could create his own empire by bringing up other stars.
“I wanted to create an empire with strong talents sprouting from it but it turned out to be the opposite,” he told Andy Dosty.
“I think it was stupid for me to put my career on hold…I could have used the energy to do something else.
“I had to start [my career] all over again after that.” he ended.
Whilst he believes he played a pivotal role in Kwabena Kwabena’s career, the latter disputes that and says Kontihene only featured on his song but was not the driving force behind his success.