Great Ampong, a seasoned gospel artist, has cited difficult times as the cause of his extended departure from the Ghanaian music industry. Isaiah Kwadwo Kwakye is better known by his stage name Great Ampong.
He claims that his inability to release music in recent years is primarily due to financial problems.
Money, he said, is everything in the music business, and without it, no musician can succeed for very long. He made this statement to Nyansa Boakwa on Happy FM’s “Obra Yi” edition of the “Nsem Pii” show.
I haven’t put out a song in the last seven years because of money, which is a contributing element. You currently spend 700 million on a song. We had no money other than what we needed for housing and food, Great Ampong said.
“The days when we were marketing music are gone because of modernization; you can’t sell CDs again, so how can you pay the person helping you?” he continued.
Although selling of hard drives and flash drives has been discontinued due to modernity, he said that “there is no producer who would spend money into a musician and hopes to gain profit through online sales, and the internet portals don’t fetch your money.”
Great Ampong finalized by saying “Because I’ve been taken advantage of a lot, if the individual comes with good terms I would collaborate.”