Accra FM’s Oyokodehye Honors Highlife Legends
Award winning Highlife DJ of the year 2018 Eric Owusu Gyimah popularly known as Oyokodehye host of ‘Highlife Time’ on Accra 100.5FM has paid respect to some highlife legends in Ghana.
The winner of the Highlife DJ Awards Category at the just ended Ghana DJ awards 2018 organized a thanksgiving event to thank his fans and followers for their immense support and votes that enabled him win the award.
Oyokodehye also took this opportunity to honor some highlife legends in the country. According to him, these legends have been sidelined for too long and hence he will like to honor them since he has had intentions of doing it for many years but didn’t have the funds to do so.
Three highlife legends were honored in total and they include Chief Kofi Sammy, Baffour Kyei and Teacher Kofi Boateng. Oyokodehye presented these legends with citations and also donated undisclosed sums of money.
Hiplife Superstar Kwaw kesse also graced the occasion and delivered an awesome performance.
The legends were very happy to be honoured and admonished Ghanaians to demonstrate love to them while they are alive and not when they are dead and gone.
Some legends could not hold back tears as they were presented with their citations.
Other legends also expressed sadness over being neglected and sidelined. They also spoke about how meagre royalties for their intellectual property have become.
Baffour Kyei was not enthused about the cold shoulder given them by industry players, who, he complained, refuse to either offer them gigs or play their songs on the airwaves.
“Ghana is high-life and high-life is Ghana; when you travel outside the country and present yourself as a musician, everyone knows you are doing high-life. I have a new song and it’s a hit in Kumasi already but when you bring a song the media, people will still tell you it’s ‘adadamu’ – old songs. Even if it’s new, they will tell you it’s ‘adadamu’. That means no one will buy it, and it’s too bad, the media people should watch it”.
He also cautioned the young musicians to be mindful of the content they put into their music and offered to render his services to anybody that needs help in terms song writing or composing.
As part of the package for the veterans, J. L. Danquah Herbal Centre also offered them a month of free geriatric healthcare services.
Oyokodehye Kofi’s ‘High-life Time’ airs on Accra100.5FM every Saturday from 12:30 PM to 3PM.
Written by: Kweku James Omega