Speaking on Daybreak Hitz, Kwaisey Pee said “these young artistes feel big and think they know everything”.
He explained that it was difficult to get some of the new artistes to feature in a song.
“They give lots of excuses and always talk about being busy. I have some songs I want to feature some of them on but I have to wait till they are less busy,” he told KMJ host of the show.
Kwaisey Pee said the arrogance of some of the new artistes was destroying indigenous Ghanaian music, especially highlife.
Many of the young artistes do not make any attempt to learn all there is to learn in highlife music because they believe they know it all, he noted.
However, he stated that, what these artistes know was not even close to the “indigenous” highlife music.
The “Mehia Odo” singer explained “my father (highlife legend Ajeiku) and musicians in his time played the indigenous highlife, then George Darko, Lee Duodo and others came with the ‘Burger Highlife’. They managed to fuse in the original highlife and still made it authentic.”
According to him, during the time of Kojo Antwi and Daddy Lumba, although they introduced their own version of highlife, it was close to the original.
“Fast forward, myself, K.K Fosu, Ofori Amponsah and others with a different vibe of our own joined the highlife brand but it was still highlife we were doing but these young ones I think are losing it when it comes to the things that make highlife,” he added.
The musician lamented about the manner in which young Ghanaian artistes were veering away from the indigenous highlife genre whilst Nigerian musicians who came to learn from Ghanaians have stuck to the original.
“Nigerian musicians like Tekno and Flavour are doing Highlife, and we have taken sounds that do not belong to us and corrupting our highlife sound with it,” Kwaisey Pee.
Kwaisey Pee reiterated the fact that young musicians feel big to approach legends like Nana Ampadu and producers like Zap Mallet to learn from them.
“Every musician I worked with, I asked questions. I learnt from them and that’s what has made me who I am, I don’t believe the young ones get closer to the old ones to learn,” Kwaisey Pee stated.