Tune into TV3 on Fridays at 10:30 am, and he (plus his savviest showbiz team on TV) would hit you with the week’s burning issues in showbiz. A little over 30 hours later, he'd be dishing out similar stuff on Radio Gold. So you think that's all there's about Mutala Muntari?
Think again, because the public administration student at Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Prime Eye (real name Mutala Mintari), has revisited his real passion- music, with the release of his single/album titled 'Inner Layer'.
It all started from the communities in Tema when a very unassuming Ghanaian boy pushed Reggae records with the late great Kwesi Asher Linton of Rootsman studios fame. Asher gave Prime Eye the motivation and platform to DJ (sing) on Reggae rhythms of the time.
“He would give me the microphone and play the instrumental versions of big Reggae songs, which I did ride like a lizard on a limb and it was an exciting cognitive moment for me. I thank Jah he came my way,” Prime recalls.
Prime Eye became one of the best known MCs of his time in the Tema Municipality when he used to toast with Mawuli's Radio Seven Sounds. He became a regular feature in Club Faliesa, She Club and The Mariners Club, where a lot of his rap banter with Sammy B and Heavy D took place.
At the time Hiplife had not crossed the minds of Ghanaians and there was only one radio station in Accra.
Prime was the Dancehall Sherriff and the club MC who toasted with lyrics as heavy as lead and as light as feather.
In his school days at Tema Secondary School he formed the Talent Klub where he organized his school mates in a quest to discover their talent in the arts. He also mastered ceremonies on other campuses like the Tema Technical Institute and Chemu Secondary School.
Then he got to meet Kwame Sefa Kayi who was at the time a Presenter of Reggae Reasons on Radio Gold and started assisting by way of music collection and selection.
“Kwame is the first to have pushed the m.i.c fader upwards for me to speak on radio. He is my radio godfather there is no question about that. There is no way I can forget his contribution towards my career as a broadcaster,” Prime tells his story.
At the point a new career in broadcasting started, his career as an MC or toaster slowly waned. He focused more on reading books on writing skills and broadcast journalism than on freestyling on a known or unknown Reggae rhythm in the club or on the streets. But that didn't take away the melody in him.
His unique style of music is unlike anything you have ever heard within Ghana and without and the writings are on the wall that this album is bound to cross borders and break barriers.
People ask whether Prime Eye wrote and arranged all the songs on his album. And the answer is: “Yes! The fact that my mouth is closed does not mean I cannot talk. Whenever I hear such a question I know it is coming from people who don't know me. Those who know me from Tema are not surprised; in fact they think I have waited too long.”
He intends to make himself available to his fans through radio and television as plans are underway to shoot music videos for the songs. This includes 'intro', 'radio show' and 'African Baby'.
How does he make time for his studies as a student, his job as a TV Presenter and Acting Programs Manager of Radio Gold? He replies: “well, that's the miracle of life. A friend once said 'the mind is a terrible thing to waste'.
I try as much as possible to keep this mind of mine busy. You cannot do anything worth doing if you do not make the time for it. All I know is that my talent cannot go waste and I have to put it to use for the benefit of society-there's nothing as Godly as that.”
The amazing thing about this multi-talented personality is the fact that he sings, raps and raggas on his album as though it were his tenth album. He simply does not sound like he is new to the music business. Rather the musical talent seems to have grown in him year by year and has piled up creative muses which he has decided to offload this time.
“I thank all those who have contributed in making this project a reality, especially Jah. Big up Kamel, Ephraim, Linda, Apietus and thanks to the Roots Rebels crew. You know to forget is human…big up those I inadvertently left out. I shall forever be grateful for your support, everybody,” Prime said with a glint in his eyes.
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