Former executive producer of Yaa Pono, Panji Anorf has expressed his 'deep disappointment' in the change of his showbiz name from Yaa Pono to Proverb aka Pro.
Panji believes that having an English name does not make sense when it's taken up by an African or to be precise a Ghanaian.
Panji disclosed to Ghana Music.com in a telephone conversation that language is a powerful tool and forms part of who we are and what we can express.
Panji disapproves of Yaa Pono's new name even though Yaa Pono consulted him before changing the name.
He does not believe in the new name and thinks it wont go far in the music industry.
“Look at the likes of Hugh Maseka, Makeba, Abrantie Amakye Dede, Lumba and more have all gone far and can be identified as coming from Africa”, he said.
He said, "A musician should be very unique and be able to be identified. But here what can we really identify Yaa Pono with”.
Yaa Pono's reasons for changing his name was because he used a lot of proverbs in his lyrics. He calls it 'Nsem Kua' because he attaches a funny side to it when rapping.
Panji revealed to Ghana Music.com that, he did not sack Yaa Pono but had a long constructive meeting with Tony, the manager of Samini before letting him go.
Meanwhile, Proverb is wrapping up his maiden album which will be released soon by Samini Music/High Grade Family record label that houses Stonebwoy.
Proverb has released singles such as '2011 Killa Fylla', 'Remix 4 All', 'Oh Joe', 'Good Morning' featuring Efya, 'London', 'Shopping Mall', and 'Shame' and more under Pidgen Music.
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