Last week, the Buzz threw the spotlight on Zapp Mallet and Kiki Banson's disapproval of young sound engineer, Richie's beats. The article led a reporter from the Ghanaian Chronicle newspaper to find out the views of some industry players on the subject.
The reporter spoke to ace producer, Panji Anoff who agreed to a large extent with his fellow producers, Kiki and Zapp.
According to Panji Anoff, compared to giants in the industry like Zapp Mallet and Kiki Banson, Richie can be described for his non-creativity in his work. To this end, this reporter sought the views of experts in the music industry. When the question was put to Panji Anoff, he stated that Richie's works can not be compared to that of Zapp Mallet and Kiki Banson in music instrumentation, due to his lack of maturity.
He further explained that the yardstick for measuring the standard of music instrumentation in high life, some two decades ago for instance, should not be in the same measure as the current trend in the music industry. Mr. Anoff said, “up and coming artists in the music industry, who are young, are always seen imitating others in the industry for an identity. This means it takes them a while for them to discover their own identity in the industry”.
According to Panji, High Life is a rhythmic kind of music, but it is currently being driven by the use of horns, adding that “Some twenty years ago, high life sound track could not have been produced without the use of Congas”.
In his estimation, Richie's style of music instrumentation in the next decade would be recognised as the best in both High Life and Hip Life, but for now it would take a while for him to know how to well construct music instrumentation.
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