Finally the Ghanaian music industry has honoured a well deserved figure, Edward Nana Poku Osei aka Hammer. The CEO of The Last Two Music Group and also the current Director of the Hiplife Music at the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) was decorated with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the growth of the local hip hop affiliated genre, Hiplife.
Hammer has been producing music and grooming up and coming artistes for nearly 15 years now.
The Back In The Day Concert recently held at the Accra International Conference Centre, The Dome recognised for his efforts and contributions to the Ghanaian music industry.
He is currently recognized as one of the few ‘old school’ figures who have survived the ‘new school’ to the extent that one of his latest productions contributed to Sarkordie’s recognition and success at the 2012 BET Awards and his recent nomination at MTV European Music Award.
Hammer is known to have groomed and recorded with current artistes such as Obrafour, Kwaw Kese, Edem, Sarkodie, Tinny amongst others.
Other beneficiaries of his numerous commercial productions are artistes such as Obour, (the current Musiga President), 4X4, Okyeame Kwame, JD, Kwabena Kwabena, K. K. Fosu etc. Each and every one of the musicians who have left The Last Two camp have all collectively attained huge success and will attest to the fact that Hammer’s guidance is a great contributory factor to their ongoing success.
The name ‘Hammer’ is well known throughout the country to the point where several other producers consult with him to select the debut singles on most of their album productions.
He is a gifted producer but his real talent lies in his ability to identify potential stars in their raw state. Each beat is appears to tell a story that grabs your attention and keeps you captivated as they are carefully married to a particular artiste and helps them tell their story better in vocals.
His humility has no bounds as after receiving his lifetime achievement honour for Hiplife, he thanked the numerous artistes he has groomed and produced for making him look good with their longevity and success. He also emphatically acknowledged Hubert Kofi Anti aka UBeatz, the sound engineer responsible for most of Hammer’s mixing and mastering.
Speaking to Hammer after the event he stated that he trusts Hubert’s ear and his knowledge of frequency and will continue working with him on his upcoming projects.
Why has it taken anyone in the music industry this long to honour and/or acknowledge such a well deserved icon? This is a question that remains for this industry to answer.
Hammer has remained true to his craft and has helped frame and shape artistes to achieve their ultimate dreams. Emerging artists as well as established artistes are all keen to be associated with Hammer as they know his attention to detail. In all fairness, he needs much more acknowledgment of the greatest magnitude where Ghanaian music is concerned.
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